Sure we all have made plans for the future, maybe a vacation later this summer. So we plan, budget, reserve a hotel or cottage and at some point the countdown begins to when we leave. And maybe long term future plans, like when we retire. Once again plans are made, budgeting is done, and then it is decided when we can retire.
We don’t know what the future holds for us. We don’t know what God’s plan for us is, but we do know that as long as we trust God and keep the faith, the future will work itself out.
At this time last year, we were planning our future trips to Florida and planning our daughter’s wedding. Trying to figure out how often we could get away for long weekends to visit our new grandson and his parents and also what needs to be done for this wedding.
Today, our future looks quite different; they say life can change in an instant. Our instant came last December, with a phone call from our son, telling us they believe the cancer is back. We are now planning our future to include helping our son raise our grandson here in Michigan. And finalizing plans for the wedding in October. My near future must include finding the perfect Mother of the Bride dress.
The last five months that I have been gone from the office, I have been working as much as possible from Florida, still trying to stay in the loop of what is going on at Nativity. We have known for a while that Sister Jolene had her own plans for the future, that she wanted to retire as Pastoral Minister. I’ll be honest, before, I never really thought about her retiring, never thought about the day when I couldn’t ask her opinion on something that needed to be done in the office, never thought there wouldn’t be a day when things just were done because Sister handled it, usually before anyone knew it needed to be Church done.
Well, the future is here now for Sister, not that she won’t be around still, but in all fairness to her, the time has come, someone else will be here to ask an opinion on something, and someone else will be to here to get the things done, that need to be done. It won’t be easy for me and it won’t be easy for the parish to turn to someone else, but we will.
We were taught by the best how to be a strong, vibrant, loving parish family. It is time for us to come together as a family, to trust God, trust Brother Ray, keep the faith and plan our future. Please do whatever you can to clear your schedule and plan on attend the parish retreat June 11th at Sacred Heart Church.