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Trusting in the Not Yet Seen

Serving alongside each of you in the faith community that is Messiah Lutheran Church, its leaders, and my wife Allison this year has been a joy. That is why it has been a bit bittersweet this last week as we have packed and loaded our truck trailer.

As the Nebraska Synod has called me, I will be the full-time Director for Stewardship for the synod upon my arrival, and Allison hopefully not too long after will receive a call as a congregational pastor. As part of my call, the synod is helping us relocate.

We're doing something different this time as we prepare to move across country and start our first days in Nebraska. On each of our previous moves, we moved our own stuff. We loaded and packed a truck, and then drove it ourselves.

This is the first time that we will not be moving our own stuff, and instead have hired a moving company. Sure, we packed it, loaded it with family, and hopefully will have family, friends, colleagues, and or congregational members to help us unload it. But, I am slightly nervous. It is just "stuff," and it will be freeing to not have to focus on it every day. But at the same time, I wonder if a part of me will be a little nervous about this until seeing the trailer safely delivered at the end of our move?

I'm excited to not drive the truck on this move. Just focusing on our car will be a nice change of pace. However, there is a part of me that is still wrestling with the trust needed in this process.

It reminds of a time earlier this year when I had to trust in things not yet seen on Easter Sunday at North County. We planned for Easter Sunday and decided we would have an Easter Egg hunt out at the golf course before worship. I wasn't sure what to expect. Would anyone come? Not only did people come, North County swelled to nearly three times its usual attendance.

It's a Lutheran thing, this trusting and faith in that which is not yet entirely seen and visible. In the midst of this, I am thankful for all of you, and excited to see and be a part of where God is calling and leading us, as well as to see how God continues to call, shape, and use Messiah Lutheran.

Thank you for a wonderful year, for welcoming us, and for allowing us to serve alongside you.

Blessings and peace in Christ, Timothy

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