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|Sun, 11-09-2008 - 1:10pm|
Good morning ladies! Forgive me for being so blunt and dry when I originally posted. I was kind of torn and choked up at the time. This is a decision I have been pondering in the silence of my heart for a little while now. I have simply entered into a new phase in my life, my marriage and within my children's lives as well.
Spending the years here has been so encouraging, faith building and supportive. I consider each of you a trusted friend. I often think "I wonder how so-and-so would handle this?" "I wonder how so-and-so is dealing with that?" I have spent countless hours praying for your joys and concerns and in this way YOU have helped me learn the value of prayer and the genuine impact prayer has on our daily lives.
I didn't make this decision easily. As I mentioned before, I was very torn. But something to face and be thankful for is my own personal growth in wisdom due to this community. Holding on would be selfish---I would be here to serve myself, not God---in the mean time I am afraid I would over look a valuable opportunity for evangelization or catechesis for someone in need, member or lurker. This is not to say that *I* alone am all knowing, don't misunderstand what I'm trying to say but I do feel that a more attentive Catholic community leader would better serve the needs of this board as my own attentiveness has shifted to other areas. This board is WONDERFUL!! I do not keep track, however my human nature wishes that I did, but I wonder how many babies we rejoiced in, how many babies we lost, how many new Christians we baptized, how many families hearts we converted, how many people returned to the sacraments with a renewed appreciation, how many lives we silently touched, how many prayers we sent to heaven, and even how many tears we cried together to how many beloved family members we buried. We have shared our lives fully and honestly and for this I am eternally thankful that our Creator made us friends.
A big thank you to each of you for "playing by the rules" and for making my job a lot easier. A bigger thank you for your friendship. I will be on the board as always---I will not change in any way except that I won't have that CL-hat. I have prayed that our new CL will be attentive and faithful as I hope that I have been for you.
Wisdom is a powerful thing. Sometimes it tells us things we don't want to hear but in the end following the wisdom granted by God will leave you happier. The end is always bitter sweet---but it's not like I'm permanently banned! LOL But I'm happy to enter in this new and exciting phase in my own life too. Life is good! Thanks be to God!!
In Christ's Peace,