Just These Thoughts My Friends...
.An old, familiar quote comes to mind on this May 1: “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” That seems about right, as today marks the first day of my summer sabbatical. I am excited to begin this brief time away, and as I do so I want to make sure that you know just how very appreciative I am for the love and care of this church in making this valuable time possible for me. Thank you so very much! It will be a time for me to connect even more fully with my Savior, my family, and many who have been so important to me in this life. Know that this will be a blessing to me, and ultimately a blessing to you, the congregation.
I am sure that you know that each and every day I am away from you, I will be praying for you and the ongoing ministries that will be taking place. I ask that you pray for me and for my family, and that you join me in praying for Pastor Debby and the staff, the session, and each of the visiting pastors who will preach on Sundays (see summer worship schedule for list). I know that you will be blessed by Debby’s leadership and by the many faithful pastors who will be preaching at Rock this summer.
To say that I will miss you and the daily energy and dynamism of this church, and the glory and wonder of what God is accomplishing here, is an understatement. Yet what I know will be true is that this time is going to fly by, and August 1 will be here before we know it. And when we look back on this summer, we will be able to see how God used this time ultimately for his good and our growth.
So, I do not say goodbye. Instead, I say to you be well, and I will see you soon. Until then, may the Lord richly bless each and every one of you. I do hope and pray that these upcoming months will provide each of you with a time for the renewal of your energy, growth in the Lord, and rest/recreation/relaxation.
See you August 1!
Dr. Chris Leonard
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”