Well, it's begun. The ability to be a spectator of my life the past week or so has disappeared and the realization of reality has set in. Endings are taking place with goodbyes right around the corner. And I'm not looking forward to it...at all. For every "welcome back" awaiting us, there is a "goodbye" being said. We will leave part of our hearts in Baltimore and take part of the Charm City with us.
We were supposed to be here a minimum of two years and we will actually be driving south the exact same weekend we headed north for the final move a year ago. I don't know why I am still surprised how God's ways don't usually follow my ideas of what life will look like, but I am.
So the disengaging has begun. While we'll stay connected for a while to help with the transition, new people are being trained and life will go on for everyone. We're all richer for the new friendships that have been made and I fully expect to be able to introduce some to Georgia in the coming weeks and months. But for now, the difficult part has arrived - knowing that the inevitable goodbye has to be said for now.
Thanks, Baltimore, for the memories and for the life lessons we're still learning. And thanks, Gallery Church, for letting us join you in being a display of God's greatness in a city that so desperately needs Him. We will miss you.