He Is With You — Dave Smith
This day we end our service with farewell. Pastor Molly leaves to begin a new journey, a path she follows after reluctant thought, careful consideration, and finally acceptance of His wish for her to shepherd in a new field. No parting comes with ease, no goodbye to a long connection occurs without tears. In different ways, she has touched all our lives, many of our thoughts – and been with us in prayer. To dodge the maudlin, I searched for another’s words to help me say my think this Sunday morning. In a book entitled Poems That Will Change Your Life, published by Fall River Press in New York, I came across “What Christ Said” by George MacDonald:
I said, “Let me walk in the fields.”
He said, “No, walk in the town.”
I said, “There are no flowers there.”
He said, “No flowers, but a crown.”
I said, “But the sky is black;
There is nothing but noise and din.”
But He wept as He sent me back:
“There is more,” He said, “there is sin.”
I said, “But the air is thick,
And fogs are veiling the sun.”
He answered, “Yet hearts are sick,
And souls in the dark undone.”
I said, “I shall miss the light,
And friends will miss me, they say.”
He answered me, “Choose tonight,
If I am to miss you or they.”
I pleaded for time to be given.
He said, “Is it hard to decide?
It will not seem hard in heaven
To have followed the steps of your Guide.”
I cast one look at the fields,
Then set my face to the town;
He said, “My child, do you yield?
Will you leave the flowers for the crown?”
Then into His hand went mine,
And into my heart came He;
And I walk in a light divine
The path I had feared to see.