There are many last times in life. The other day I was shopping at Winco watching mom’s with their small children sitting in the cart seat. I thought to myself, there was a last time that I buckled Mitch into that seat and traipsed through the grocery store with him in tow.
Over my years of parenting I have learned to cherish more and more the last times. I remember kissing Mitchell’s “peachy soft” cheek when he was in middle school thinking one day that sweet soft skin would cease to exist. Life has a way of creeping up on you and honestly the Lord is gracious to keep many “last times” an unknown mystery.
Now of course after having experienced so many last times I find myself reflective and nostalgic. The last time I held hands with both our boys, the last time I laid in bed and told knock knock jokes with Mitchell who happens to be very good at original knock knock jokes. The last time our family knelt by a bedside and prayed before bedtime. The last time I slept with a boy easing his pain over being sick all night long. The last time I read the boys a bedtime story. The last time we bathed the boys in the bathtub before graduating to an independent shower. I could go on and on…..as you can see with a 17 and 19 year old I have had some time to think about the sweetness of parenting and the joy of being “Mom”.
Today brings me to yet another last time. Today I will walk out of my office at Grace Chapel for the last time. I have spent 8 years in this office morphing into God’s divine plan for me. He has molded, shaped, broken, and restored me more times than I can count. I have cried, laughed myself silly, danced around the office, rejoiced, and grieved on this amazing ride called ministry. It has been pure privilege to be called up to a place where He would entrust me with such responsibility and burden.
Because the Lord is gracious to us in all the best ways He keeps it a secret when many of our last times transpire. However, He also reveals to us, like for me today, last times that lead to the next step. I will never forget my journey here at Grace Chapel, in many ways it has made me who I am today.
My heartfelt appreciation to many of you who have walked this road with me. Your encouragement, appreciation, and applause have motivated and humbled me. I will never be the same!