I need to confess that my passion for blogging has waned somewhat of late. Previously, a large part of my purpose in blogging was simply to add a voice to the Salvation Army blog scene with the dear hope of re-kindling something of a passion somewhere. I guess to one degree or the next it maybe did that. And, of course, my final blog series over there on leadership was, as it turned out, my final 'shout'. Leaves it all rather tiring doesn't it? In many ways, I think I need to leave blogging back in officership where it served a worthwhile purpose at least for some.
I carry out ministry in this new place fairly happily, thrilled to be able to offer some missional imput into an already successful church and do my bit, and yes there are some exciting things happening praise God. In many ways it is a role that I'm perfectly fitted for, an apostolic role of evaluating, laying and relaying foundations, inspiring mission and prayer, new forms of outreach and all that stuff - I'm working every day with the stuff that really fires my passions. Incidentally, its a role that The Army felt unable to offer us. We pleaded to be released from corps officership to see if we could work the thing out and that we might be able to contribute from our strenghts rather than from our weaknesses.
And, finally, thats the last reason I want to take a rest from blogging...My natural blogging tendancy is to simply share my heart and as I've said previously, I don't really want to keep on re-visiting our experiences of the last six months. For my own sake and the sake of my family I need to move on. The problem is that there really hasn't been closure on the whole issue. We still have had no response as to why things have ended as they have and I don't expect we will very soon...still no response to the questions we forwarded to THQ asking for clarification on those issues.
Yet, as this Sunday approaches, I will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the day that I knelt at the Army mercy seat and gave my life to Jesus. I'll celebrate it and I'll sing with thankfulness to him for what he has done and I'll give songs of thanks for the kind, godly people who welcomed me as a broken young man and took me into their family and loved me as their own. And, no doubt, I'll struggle with the issues of pain and rejection from 'my own people.'
Again, just a thanks to those who've journeyed with us and who keep us in their prayers and who've been kind enough to support us through thick and thin. I will, of course, be active on the old facebook. See you there!
Thanks, much love to all...be blessed.
yours in Jesus