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Monday, January 30, 2012

Rachel's Blessing

A Haiku Poem
January 30, 2012

Being with Rachel
Was a God-ordained blessing
In my time of need.

Impending retirement,
Was affecting me.

Before our visit
I had been grieving our "lasts:"
Ministry highlights

That brought so much joy
Through the years with friends we love,
Soon to be over.

While approaching our
Last Mega Church Conference,
Sorrow touched my heart.

Rachel spoke wisely,
With love and encouragement,
"Celebrate each 'last.'"

"Rather than grieve for
What will be no more, thank God
For the joys you've had."

"God has been faithful
Through forty ministry years;
He will not fail you."

"He will be with you
Through all the years yet to come;
His love never fails."

"With each passing day,
Celebrate your 'last' events;
Live each day with joy."

"Trust God for new days,
Thank Him for past faithfulness;
Hope for the future."

I'm very grateful
For my dear sister Rachel,
Whose wisdom blessed me.

She provided me
A healthy new perspective
That fills me with peace.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Our Last Mega Church Conference -- January 25-28, 2012

A Haiku Poem

We are on our way
To the Mega Church Conf'rence,
Gath'ring among friends,

People we've held dear
In our hearts over the years,
Friends with whom we've shared

Life and ministry.
As senior pastor and wife,
This will be our last

Fellowship with them
This side of heaven. There is
Heartfelt emotion

As we bid farewell
And introduce Tim Niekerk
To this stellar group

Of leaders and wives
In our Luth'ran church body
Who share a passion

To connect people
To Jesus, Who died and rose
From the grave--for us.

May Tim and Kristen
Be as blessed as we have been
Through this fellowship.

We rejoice that God
Has chosen a capable
Man to take Wayne's place.

It is time for us
To leave. As we pass the torch,
We pray God's blessings

Upon each of you
In your life and ministry.
May you continue

To serve zealously,
Strengthening The Luth'ran Church
Missouri Synod,

Leading faithfully,
Transforming what is broken
And giving new life.

God will be with you,
Equipping you for service
To grow His Kingdom.

Work diligently,
Giving all glory to God,
And you will be blessed.