Thank you for Forty Years of Friendship, Fellowship and Faithfulness as we have Followed our God Given Passion and have literally spent life together.
GayNell and I feel immense appreciation for the way you have honored us during this month of Pastor’s Appreciation. We have been overwhelmed by your expressions of love; let me say for both of us, “we really value and respect this honor”, please accept our heartfelt thanks for this month of blessings. Someone asked, “How does it feel to serve a church for 40 years?” My reply is this, when you love what you are doing and serve people you love, it is like having a family around you who are your friends and the times seems to just fly by.” It really does fly by when you are having fun.
I found a great verse for the times in which we live and felt like you would appreciate this timely word. “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come” – Proverbs 31:25
This wonderful verse speaks about the sterling woman of Proverbs 31. In this chapter you realize she is a blessed woman but she does not put her trust in riches. She can laugh at days to come because she does what tomorrow may bring. According to verse 25, “she is clothed with strength and dignity”. Let me give you a glimpse into where her confidence ultimately was connected:
“Charm can be misleading, and beauty is vain and so quickly fades, but his virtuous woman lives in the wonder, awe and fear of the Lord. She will be praised throughout eternity.” Proverbs 31:30
The future should not make us anxious but create within us an anticipation of what we are looking forward to. We are being prepared for what He has prepared for us. You can take his word for it.
We believe in you,
Pastor Cleddie Keith & GayNell