I want to close my letter this week with my prayer for Benjamin which I will pray on Sunday but leave with you now:
Blessed are you, O God,
for you have created the wide and wonderful world in which we live.
We praise you for your constant care
for those who have trusted you in ages past,
who journeyed in faith to new lands of promise.
We trust that now you will hold Benjamin
securely in your hands as he, too,
follows your call to a new chapter of his ministry.
May he take with him
a heart filled with your love and grace,
that those with whom he lives and works
may see in him the face of Jesus Christ.
Bless him that he may be a blessing.
Guide him to a new church home,
where he may continue to grow
in grace, in Spirit, and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, and remember—it may be rainy now, but warmer weather is coming!