The quote, “I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future,” is attributed to Homer, yet many of us take our cue from similar words recorded in the Old Testament. Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, wrote “For I know the plans I have for you...plans to give you a future and hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 paraphrased)
These words of assurance provide comfort and remind us WHO holds our hand as we take the next step along our separate journeys. When we trust God, though our futures may seem uncertain, God’s Truth proclaims that the outcome of each individual’s destiny is not uncertain!
By God’s grace I have had the privilege of sharing unforgettable memories with many of you over the past seven years. I will miss my First-Centenary Church family, and it is with my deepest gratitude that I say “thank you” for every moment we have shared. Together, surrounded by great clouds of witnesses, we’ve experienced the kind of joys and sorrows that will shape us for years to come.
As we continue during these trying times, I pray that our Lord’s presence will provide infinite ‘Balm for every Gilead’ you encounter. May you prayerfully enter each day ‘knowing who holds the future,’ and claiming God’s assurance as your mantra (more powerfully than before). I pray that you discern “Spiritual Sabbath” from “Spiritual Isolation,” while understanding that physical distancing has its place.
I will be retiring this year at Annual Conference. Please know that as I begin a new phase beyond First-Centenary, my ministry here will always be a time of special reflection and source of inspiration. You are forever loved and especially cherished!
Shalom and Amen – Dr. Linda I. McDaniel
Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 1:40 PM EDT