For some time I have had the grace of a transition process leading to retirement. It has been fortifying and healing. There is so much to be thankful for. I love the New Zealand Prayer Book prayer at nightfall:

It is night after a long day

What has been done is done

What has not been done

Has not been done;

Let it be 

Not everything we started could be finished. Not everyone’s aspirations were realized. Not all our hopes were accomplished. Now we come to a time we must “let it be” together.

I had told many I wished to spend the duration of the time that is left as an artist. To finish well the ministry that has been entrusted to us to share. The image that has been most useful is that of a trapeze artist. I am learning how to let go of the bar that has supported our church for twenty years—learning also how to turn in mid-air ready to reach for the bars God is sending me and Christ Church for what is next. I will be in a strange land, as the psalmist says, learning to sing a new song. In this season of transition, I am reminded of W.H. Auden’s poem, “For the Time Being”. In the chorus section, he writes:

He is the Way

Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness;

You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures 

Thus, retirement will be no less a time to praise and thank God. It will be a time to sharpen my theological eyes through a new lens of whatever is next. The energy to engage a faithful and fruitful future is the legacy I have been given by your example and encouragement. Thank you.