Erik's progress is one more piece of the puzzle we are putting together for our future. Downsizing and becoming more nimble so I can begin a new phase of ministry as an intentional interim pastor - serving congregations in their transitions between pastors. We do not know where this adventure may take us, as we anticipate serving different congregations for about a year at a time. Wrapping up our 10+ years as pastor of Central Christian Church in Dallas, Texas by June 1 and finding that first interim pastor opportunity is a major piece of this puzzle, into which the other pieces will be fitting. Even as we are in the process of seeing Erik off on his own in 2011, we are coordinating and communicating with Candy's Dad (who lives in Minneapolis), so our plans can merge and we can support him at this stage of his life too.
Our emotions are also a cluster of puzzle pieces that are still shifting around before they all fit together: anxiety and excitement, disconnect and anticipation. Lots of prayer - lots of work.