50 Years Ago

It was fifty years ago this past weekend when I first became a pastor.  My wife and I left the seminary in late August and went off for our new adventure.  Everything we owned was in a 5 by 7 foot U-Haul trailer as we rolled out of Michigan on our way to Iowa.  I can’t tell you how excited I was that first Sabbath morning.  I can’t tell you how puzzled those church members were to try and understand why the conference would send them a child to be their pastor.  They loved us and bragged that they trained us.  They did.  They taught me more than I ever learned at the seminary.

Most of them are gone now and when I see them in heaven they will have to reintroduce themselves to me because so many of them were old when I first met them and in heaven they will be young again.  Perhaps we will all have to reintroduce ourselves to each other because Paul says in I Corinthians 15, “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption.  It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: . . .”  We are going to look so good.  Move over George Clooney.  You ain’t seen nothin yet.

I had one ninety-year-old guy who wore a Band-Aid on his forehead to keep his eyelid up.  If he didn’t it just fell closed.  I so want to see him in his prime.  We have so much to look forward to.  Once we understand and catch a glimpse of our future we just cannot let it go.  We would be so foolish.

Written by Roger Bothwell on Sept. 8, 2014

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