We Had Hoped
It was a Thursday morning in May of 2015, and I sat sipping coffee at the bar in my kitchen, enjoying the company of two very dear friends. The tone was light, the conversation uplifting, and the mood peaceful. By all outward appearances, it was like any other Thursday morning of any other week.
But this Thursday was different.
It was the morning after celebrating 25 years of service on staff with my church, and marked my first day of retirement from full-time pastoral ministry.