Last Thursday Pastor Snyder kindly filled when our babysitter had to excuse herself (due to sick children at home and not wanting to spread the illnesses to Levi, which we HIGHLY appreciate!) so that Marie and I could go celebrate our anniversary. We had a great time! We went to a new-to-us restaurant in town, called Pelican's, and then went on to see 'Into the Woods' at the movies. When we got home, Pastor had successfully put Levi to sleep and so we sat around talking for a little bit. Finally, it was time for Pastor to head home, and as he closed the door behind him he said, "Happy Six Month-iversary!"
With those words my heart was struck. It was indeed, exactly six months into my vicarage. That meant that I had only six months left. This thought has slowly crept into not only mine and pastors thoughts, but into the minds of others as well. As we got to know each other the thought never entered our minds that this would come to and end. It seemed that vicarage would go on forever. It seemed that Wichita Falls was now my permanent place of residence. In many, many ways Wichita Falls and Our Redeemer has become our home and the realization that it's already more than half over strikes hard.
Jokes have been made about vicar just not going back to school and staying. After all, they are looking for someone to fill their youth director position. The confirmation kids keep asking for reassurance that I will be here to see them confirmed. A conversation the other day had to be halted between me and out Director of Christian Growth and Music because the reality was striking hard. There will be a lot of tears shed on that day, when Marie and I finally have to pick up our bags and move on. We only have six months left, and six months are not enough.
Heavenly Father, please bless my remaining time here at Our Redeemer. Let me continue to form and deepen relationships with Pastor Snyder, the staff, and the members and live as though my departure will never come. When that time comes, however, comfort us in the peace knowing that friends in Christ are friends forever, and if we do not see one another here in time, we will all see each other there in eternity. Thank you for this amazing opportunity to learn and grow and experience being a servant of your Word and Church. All this I pray in the name of the One who has reconciled us to Yourself, Jesus Christ, Your only Son, Our Lord. Amen.