there was a tenderness yesterday
a quiet encounter with grace
some holy moments
the time had come for a pastor friend to leave
the pasture he had been tending for ten years .......
this was man's decision
not God's ...........
in their wisdom
asked their shepherd to leave
and rather than fight
he pulled up his tent pegs
and acquiesced ......
he agreed to leave after one final service
anyone who wished to attend
was invited to this service
we were told there would be communion available
the pastor spoke a bit from Nehemiah,
one of his heroes
then called us each by name to come forward
when he personally served us communion
as individuals or families
while speaking a word over each one
with tears streaming down his face
there was a river around the altar
a river of salty water
with quiet dignity
and abounding grace
he released that pasture
to the care of man ..........