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As I write this, I find myself in a very weird place. First of all, I want to share with you that my last Sunday here at Clear Lake UMC will be June 12th.  It seems like it was only yesterday that I shared with you all that I would be retiring at the end of June 2022. The time has gone way too fast and that is
one of the reasons that I feel weird. I also feel weird in a way as I now have to really deal with two worlds – getting ready to move and continuing to focus on being your pastor. I can share with you that up until the past week or so, it hasn’t been difficult, but for some reason it has changed, and I truly don’t know why.

With that being said, I ask for your prayers and I also will be praying for all of you during this time of transition and waiting.  The one thing that comes to my mind at this moment is that in a way, we are like the disciples after the resurrection of Jesus. We are wondering what’s next! I know that is how I feel, and I’m pretty sure it’s the same for all of you. So, all the more reason to hear the words Jesus said to his disciples in the room after his resurrection – “Peace be with you!”  He also said to them in another setting – “Peace be with you and the peace I give is not the same as the peace the world gives you.”

My friends, as we continue in our journey of faith, let us rely upon the peace which passes all understanding that only comes from the One who created us and the One who loves us!  None of us knows for sure what tomorrow will bring. Let us truly live in God’s love each and every day that God blesses us with. Let us truly live as “Easter People” in serving God and one another in all that we do.  We all have been commanded to “Go therefore and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” That command is again for everyone no matter how old you are – young, middle-aged, or retired.  My friends, our work for God only stops when we take our last breath and not before!

In closing, I want to share with you a part of the gospel passage for May 1st and it is the third time after his death that Jesus appears to the disciples. It is John 21:15-19: 15.  When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”  16  A second time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He
said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”  17  He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.  18  Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But
when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.”  19  (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.” My friends, let us all continue to feed and tend to the lambs and the sheep – “the people”!

Shalom- Pastor Dave