Crossing Over / Farewell

BIBLE READING

1 Thessalonians 1: 2

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.

Deuteronomy 1: 6-8 (NLT)

When we were at Mount Sinai, the Lord our God said to us, ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on. Go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all the neighbouring regions - the Jordan Valley, the hill country, the western foothills, the Negev, and the coastal plain. Go to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, and all the way to the great Euphrates River. Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants.’

Proverbs 16: 9 (NLT)

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

REFLECTION

By my reckoning, this is the 235th daily devotional I have written since I became part of the team at CCV. To be honest, I have never found them easy and each one has probably taken much longer than it should have. People occasionally ask me if I write them all on a Monday for the week ahead. I wish! I’ve never been able to do that. Each one has been written the day before it arrives into your email inbox. This is now my final one and I feel a mixture of relief and sadness (but mostly the former).

Seriously though, as I said on Sunday past, it has been such an immense privilege for Becky, Elijah and myself to be at Causeway Coast Vineyard for the past year. It is a community that we had loved and admired from a distance for a long time, and just to be a part of it would have been enough for us. But to be asked to come onto staff and for me to have the honour of opening God’s Word so regularly with you has been beyond a blessing. You truly are a very special, loving, generous, encouraging, open-hearted, risk-taking, Jesus-loving, world-transforming bunch of people and we have grown so deeply fond of you. To serve under the leadership of Alan and Kathryn and then, more recently, under Neil and Janet, alongside the rest of the amazing team, has been such an immense honour for which we will always be grateful.

We always knew that our stay here would be temporary but it’s so good to know that we have an extended family here on the Causeway Coast. Right now we’re still not 100% sure where we’re going next but the Lord seems to be opening a door and making a way clear for us. We’ll be around the area through most of September so hopefully we’ll bump into you.

Thank-you once again for allowing us to be part of your community and for welcoming us so warmly. We will be praying for CCV in the days ahead that the Lord would continue to bless you immeasurably, that through your life and witness both individuals and communities would be transformed, and that Holy Spirit would guide your steps into the good future He has prepared for you.

Blessings and favour in abundance,

Craig

Gather with us at 9.30am and 11.30am this Sunday when we will hear stories from and celebrate with those who are going to be baptised. The baptisms themselves will take place at Portstewart Strand at 1.30pm, followed by a beach BBQ! Our evening celebration will take place at 7.00pm.