Today was my “official” last day as a pastor. The problem, my office is not yet cleared out, need to head back tomorrow for a follow-up day! Spent most of the day cleaning out the office, was privileged to grab a debrief coffee with my friend Miki (very encouraging time) and then headed to Halle and Audrey’s first swim lesson.
We treated the girls to a celebratory Mickey-D’s Ice Cream cone after their first lesson. While there a woman was able to borrow my phone to call a church. She is a woman leaving an abusive relationship seeking a new life with her two teen daughters. Pray for her as she makes her way to a shelter. We were able to help her with a night at a motel before she takes the bus to another city where she has a confirmed bed at a shelter. My heart breaks for her. My prayer is that she seeks the Lord. I had a great opportunity to share with her for a few minutes (her daughters off to the side listening). At the end of the conversation she asked, “are you a pastor?” Technically, I am still (another 6 hours); but it was nice to have a conversation with a woman in this state without her having the “expectation” for me to be pastoral.
So, one more day of cleaning out the office and then a nice little decompress time; I will try to blog through that decompression as well!