This is the season where I can start living into the new beginnings that resulted from summer’s uncomfortable changes and begin to realize that without them, these new beginnings wouldn’t exist. As the old song from the 90’s by Semisonic, Closing Time, states, “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end,” and I have found this to be true.
I have lived as a single person for the past 28 years. There was a time when I wondered if perhaps that would be God’s will for my life. That was until He brought my now fiancé through the door of the coffee shop where I worked when I was a barista five years ago. And now, come September 19, Tim and I will choose to enter into the covenant of marriage. Together, we will begin a new chapter in our lives, one of discovery, of growth, joy, and learning. That is my new fall beginning.
However exciting and wonderful this new journey is, the difficult change, the part with the goodbyes, occurs as Tim and I will be making our home in Dallas, OR, meaning that my time here at Messiah Lutheran Church as worship leader must come to an end. This is a much prayed over and contemplated decision, one that comes with much emotion and struggle, made by both Tim and I.
I can never thank you enough for all the love and encouragement you have all given me over the past four years. The people of Messiah, you all, have become my family, my home away from home and I can’t imagine not sharing daily life with everyone. You believed in me enough to help me learn to lead, and to grow. For your unconditional love and support I will be forever changed for the better and forever grateful. I will take all of you and the memories of this wonderful church with me in the next chapter of my life. I hope to stay in touch with all of you and I hope to visit often.
I covet your prayers for Tim and I during this time that we start the journey of a new life together and I will continue praying for all of you. I know that you will shower the next person who comes in my stead with just as much love and compassion as you have shown me. God is good, and you truly are the body of Christ and a blessing to all you meet. I know He has great plans for Messiah and for Tim and I as we all move ahead.
All my love and infinite blessings, Kaitlyn