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Pastor's Farewell

posted Sep 16, 2010, 9:55 PM by Unknown user
As I prepare to leave Bowmansville United Methodist Church, I am once again reminded that God is sovereign and in times of change and transition, it is God who stands with us.  I found this poem by Esther Fields that speaks to the ebb and flow of God's plan:

Things Don't Just Happen
Things just don't happen to us who love God,
They're planned by His own dear hand,
Then molded and shaped, and timed by His clock,
Things just don't happen---they're planned.
We don't just guess on the issues of life;
We Christians just rest in the Lord,
We are directed by His sovereign will,
In the light of His Holy Word.
We who love Jesus are walking by faith,
Not seeing on step that's ahead,
Not doubting one moment what our lot might be,
But looking to Jesus, instead.
We praise our dear Savior for loving us so,
For planning each care of our life;
Then giving us faith to trust Him for all
The blessing as well as the strife.
Things don't just happen to us who love God,
To us who have taken our stand;
No matter the lot, the course, or the price,
Things don't just happen---they're planned.

Thank you for the many, many blessing I have received the past who years and for your acts of kindness.  I know God has wonderful plans for each of you and for this community of faith.  Take care and know you will continually be in my prayers.

In Christ's Love,
Pastor Beth