Sweet Sixteen…



I love that one of the Christmas letters we received closed with calling this year of 2016, ‘sweet sixteen’.  I am asking God to let me see everything that is ‘sweet’ with all my senses in this year.  I want to be open to all of God’s Perfect Goodness.  I want to be as simply content as the Apostle Paul was while he lived in this complicated world.


New beginnings are coming for my spouse and myself this year.  We have lived in a parsonage all our married lives except for four months.  We have had a full-time church for all but four of those parsonage years.  The first four we served a student charge.  Altogether, we have had forty-six years of active ministry in a church serving a local congregation.


Now we are ‘leaving the building’ to do our church work.  Oh, yes, we will still attend somewhere with regularity to worship, fellowship and serve.  But as we retire from one known ministry to that of just simply going where God leads us daily,  we are full of anticipation where we thought there might be fear.   We are fully aware that we are walking by faith as we become first-time home buyers.  We are wondering what it will be like to move into our own home rather than a church-owned house.  We are wondering what retirement will look like for us as we activate to do alternative ministry.  We do not know, but God does.


“Do not earnestly remember the former things; neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  (Isaiah 43:18 & 19)


All my spouse and I have is God’s.  He has given us more than we deserve.  The most precious and priceless Account we have from Him is all of His Promises.  They are enough to step out into the future of this next year.  No matter who you are or where you are headed, God goes before you, doing new things!  Follow with all the faith you have…even if it is mustard-sized -miniscule!  It will be enough.


Phyllis Dickinson

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