“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
The road continues, and as I bid farewell I thank you all for the wonderful farewell reception.
Thanks to those who organized it, those who spoke at it, and those who came to it. It was neat to look back on all that has happened in so short a time here at St. Luke’s. I appreciate you all greatly. So many memories made, so many friendships formed, and the opportunity to be a part of an emerging community discovering its own identity. Thank you all for the generous parting gifts. I’ve got my eye on a new set of Tolkien’s works which were compiled by his son Christopher, something to provide a break now and again, and your generosity makes this possible for me. I’m also going to give a donation to Christlife ministries (christlife.org) so that they can continue their mission of evangelization.
As I prepare to travel, I think often of Jesus in his years of ministry- how often he would move from one village to another, stay for a time to work some great deed, then turn to a new place to spread the message that the Kingdom of God is present. Following in the feet of the Master, I am now moving along- to bring the message of God’s kingdom, using my own unique flare, to the people of Union county.
As I turn my face South, to seek and follow Christ there, I look to a community that has been established for some time, yet with all good things there is the opportunity for new freshness, new vigor. The Gospel is something ever ancient, ever new. Union county has its own gifts and its own challenges, and the exciting part of ministry is discovering the gifts of the people and rising with them to meet the challenges. Pray for me, I will pray for you.
And though where the road then takes me
I cannot tell
We came all this way
But now comes the day
To bid you farewell
Many places I have been
Many sorrows I have seen
But I don't regret
Nor will I forget
All who took the road with me
I bid you all a very fond farewell.
Blessings to you,
Fr. Adam Westphal