I wish I could tell you I have dreaded this day but honestly, I didn’t think it WOULD come, at least not now! But if you are on the Church Council, in my Friday morning Bible study, the Sunday morning Adult Sunday School, or in church this morning, I can’t sugar coat it … I am so very sad about leaving the people of Caddo Mills United Methodist Church who I have grown to love so much.

This past Wednesday night I was appointed to First UMC Winnsboro – if you weren’t in church today, we will have time to talk in the next few weeks as my last Sunday will be October 15th, and your next Pastor will start November 1st. While I am absolutely spiritually CONVICTED that God wants me to go where He is sending me, I am JUST as spiritually convicted that the next Pastor will be the answer to our prayer for …WHAT’S NEXT?

When I answered God’s call to serve as a Pastor in the United Methodist Church, I committed to serve where God needs me the most and I trust I am needed in Winnsboro. But sometimes I feel like the child who lets go of his balloon to see if it will fly, and then pitches a fit when it won’t come back! 

The Church Council will interview your next Pastor this week and you will be hearing a LOT about what you can do to be involved in the transitional process at the end of this week. Until then, please know that I pray you will love your new Pastor like you have loved me, and I pray I will love the people in Winnsboro the way I have loved you!

I recently read a line from Norman Mclean’s novella, A River Runs Through It, where a father reflects on the mysterious life and death of his youngest son. The father says, “We can love completely even if we do not have complete understanding.” I have been the beneficiary of that thinking over this last week …I know that many of you cannot understand why I am leaving CMUMC, and to be honest, there are moments when I don’t understand it myself, but through the GRACE OF GOD we will keep our eyes on HIM and He will walk us through the door that He has opened!

There’s a season for everything
    and a time for every matter under the heavens:
    a time for giving birth and a time for dying,
    a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted,
    a time for killing and a time for healing,
    a time for tearing down and a time for building up,
    a time for crying and a time for laughing,
    a time for mourning and a time for dancing,
    a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones,
    a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces,
    a time for searching and a time for losing,
    a time for keeping and a time for throwing away,
    a time for tearing and a time for repairing,
    a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking,
    a time for loving and a time for hating,
    a time for war and a time for peace.  Ecc. 3:1015

Debbie Lyons 

Pastor, Caddo Mills United Methodist Church