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Servants Depart Posted 3.20.2014

We have run into another Sunday of transition.  It seems like we’ve been having a lot of these lately, and to be honest, I do not really like them.  What do I mean?  I mean another family is moving away from SoCal.  And, this one is especially painful.

 

Dave and Jean Britton have been part of the backbone of Peninsula for decades, members since 1989.  They raised their children here.  They have served here.  They have enriched our lives and our fellowship.  Dave has been involved as an Elder at Peninsula, children’s drama, serving in the kitchen, and really, just about anywhere needed as time allowed.  He’s taught.  He’s led.  He’s supported.  And probably most significantly, he’s prayed.  Dave has a heart for prayer, and we have been richer for it.

 

And Jean?  She hasn’t sat on the sidelines one single bit.  I can’t and won’t begin to recount the areas of her involvement.  But on a staff level, there has been nothing to compare to her stint as office manager in the church office.  She came onboard after a particularly rough time in the office.  But you know what?  She was exactly what we needed.  We needed her calm, thorough, dependable, and faithful service.  She was a ray of sunshine on an overcast day.

 

There is some good news in all of this.  Dave and Jean leave to support to their son and his young family up in the Sacramento area.  Dan (their son) is the youth pastor of church up north, and with small kids I know how important some family support is to a youth pastor.  But that does leave the door open to at least the possibility of future fellowship together back here at Peninsula.  We can pray at least!

 

I’ve been listening to some new tunes this week, and one of them contains these timely lyrics, “I can see it in your eyes that you are restless, The time has come for you to leave, It's so hard to let you go, But in this life I know you have to be who you were made to be, As you step out on the road I'll say a prayer….”  It’s a great song by the Sidewalk Prophets.

 

But even more timely is the passage that inspired those lyrics.  Philippians 1:3-7, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart….”

 

And what’s the point?  The point is to consider the legacy you’ll leave behind as you are involved in the lives of others.  Dave and Jean were ministers. Servants.  That is the highest compliment I could give.  What about you?  And who will take their place?

 


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