SEEING that this is my last letter to you, I thought we might reflect on parting.
Partings might be endings, or new beginnings; they might be for a short time or for good, as in the case of a loved one departing this life.
As human beings we are social; from the time we are born we form relationships with others: our parents, families, relatives, neighbours, or belong to a church community or a club.
But there comes a time when we must move on and there are different reasons to do so.
For example, when children grow up, there comes a time, when they must leave home, to study elsewhere, to work interstate or overseas, or to start their own family.
This might cause some temporary sadness or sorrow but we all know that this should happen at some stage of one’s life.
Some partings can have lasting impact on others, as in the case of a collapse in marriage or long-term relationship, where one party has not yet finished being in love – they might leave wounds that either take too long to heal, or never do.
No matter what the circumstances, to part from anything of value, whether its people, or things, places or occupations, is to forfeit something of oneself.
At the end of November, I will be concluding my term of ministry in Echuca Moama Uniting Church, and I will also be retiring after 39 years of ministry that began in South Africa, then Scotland and concludes here.
I want to thank you for your warm welcome in this community.
I give thanks to God that when I was a refugee, the door was opened for me in this country to continue to serve Christ to the end.
May God bless you all.
Echuca Moama Uniting Church