There are not enough words to express the gratitude and thanksgiving Kelly and I feel for the Jacksboro church of Christ. We have enjoyed seven years of generosity, cooperation and encouragement. There will never be another church family as close as all of you have become.
Having said that, I wish to encourage you to continue on. Whereas no soul is expendable, no single person makes up the church. This church will thrive and reproduce seven-fold if we remember to “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15).
Kelly and I leave stronger, more mature and closer to our heavenly goal and hope we have done the same for you in our work here. It is our fervent prayer that we have left you stronger in Christ than when we first came. We also hope that any real or perceived wrong you may hold against us can be remedied before we leave; we are going to Heaven together. And, we wish nothing but the best for your next preacher, that he and his family find the joy we did with you.
I know how often we make those wishful promises of maintaining contact, visiting occasionally and “keeping in touch” but I also know how goes life. What we must keep in mind is our goal, never forgetting that this weigh station we call life is temporary and our real reunion will be full of so much more joy than we can imagine, and it will be forever.
“If we never meet again this side of Heaven, I will meet you on that beautiful shore.” Kelly and I wish you bounty and grace from God and pray that He blesses you now and forever.