Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

How do you feel?

Beginning August 1, Jason Meyer was Associate Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist alongside my husband, the Pastor of Preaching and Vision. Now, as a result of resounding congregational approval, as of yesterday those roles are switched. Now Jason is Pastor  for Preaching and Vision with Johnny as his associate.

This is the next-to-last step in our transition to our next chapter, when–as of the end of March–Johnny no longer is part of the pastoral staff of Bethlehem. We are thrilled with God’s guidance and work in all of this.

Last weekend was Johnny’s last sermon as “senior” pastor. Last night, during his last minutes in that role, he led Bethlehem into the New Year in communion together at the Lord’s table.

As we walked into the house at 12:30 am, he asked, “How does it feel to be the wife of an associate pastor?” Considering that I’ve spent exactly half my life as the wife of one man in one position in one place, that could have been a jarring question. But it wasn’t.

I answered, “Feels just the same. It’s you that matters, you who are my husband.”

One of the things about the he who is my husband is that he’s a man who expresses thoughts of love and life and life events and changes with poetry, as he did in his end-of-the-year blog post at Desiring God.

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9 Responses to “How do you feel?”

  1. Thanks for sharing!!! Sharing the work of Christ in your life, your marriage, your ministry. I am SO blessed!!!

  2. Noel,
    So happy for you two!

  3. It has been good to watch from afar the transition at Bethlehem. We were at Bethlehem on Sunday and were flooded by the memories of all we learned while we were there. Now we rejoice that our two oldest will be blessed while they attend church there. May God bless you both in this new season of life!

  4. Hillary Glauser-Patton

    So thankful for your joy and His good plans. Many blessings on the chapters ahead!

  5. Hillary Glauser-Patton

    So thankful for your joy and His good plans. Many blessings on the chapters ahead!

  6. Noel, We are moving on as well in ministry this year. What a great perspective and a beautiful poem. thank you for sharing.

  7. Excelent!

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