Yesterday was our last day at Eagles View, where my dad has been pastoring for the last seven and a half years. It was a very, very emotional day for all involved, that is for sure. I don't think I have ever cried so much in all my life! :o(
The Sunday school class that I have been helping in had a little "Going Away" party for me, so my tears started in Sunday school rather than after the evening service, when we would say our good-byes. After the morning service a lot of the members of the church got together and went out to lunch and had a good O' time! Afterwards the church had a "Going Away" get together for us.
In the evening service is where my dad took the time to tell the church how much of a blessing they had been to our family for the past seven years. He told them about how he knew he could depend on them for whatever he needed. He also thanked them for all they had done for our family. There were times that my parents did not have the money for groceries, and the church got together and bought our groceries for us. Or the time that my parents had no money to buy Christmas for us kids, they all came together and bought Christmas for the family. They always knew what we needed! By this time...my dad is crying (which is a rare site by the way)!!! Of course when Dad started crying...there I went, I look over at my sister...she is crying, then to my mom...of course, Momma is crying as well! I don't think there was a dry eye in the church. Our church was more than a church, it was a family.
I had realized something after the service that I had not thought of, that was the last time that my Dad preached in that pulpit as pastor, the last time we sang in the church as the pastor's kids. I know it seems weird, I knew we were leaving, but I just never had thought about those things...and of course that started a whole new string of bawling!! LOL
But there was such a peace in leaving, even though it was tough for us to do, we had the peace and reassurance that we were doing what God had told us to do, and that was a great comfort!
I just wanted to ask y'all to pray for us as we officially start out on deputation. We truly covet your prayers!