Pastor’s Pen – August/September 2007

Wow! What a short summer. It seems that Rebecca just graduated and now we are preparing to take her to college in just two weeks. As I write this Rebecca has just received her laptop that her grandparents bought for her. She got a great deal on it because Dell has an agreement with Southern Wesleyan. So, Rebecca is getting closer to going to college.
This is a time of transition for the Argot family. Because Rebecca was waiting for her laptop, (the tracking number let us know that it would be delivered today) We took the two younger ones to lunch and take care of some church business. In just a few weeks, it will be just Pam and me and Anna and James.
Back when Rebecca was attending Kindergarten, we were living in Indiana. We lived right on the edge of the Indiana Wesleyan campus. As Pam was walking Rebecca to Kindergarten with Anna in tow, she observed the mom’s crying, leaving their freshmen girls at college. The mothers told Pam, “I won’t be long till you are in our shoes.” And here we are. Now the opposite part of this comes at the end of the spring semester, when the fathers would complain about how much stuff the girls had accumulated since the fall. I’m sure I’ll be one of those fathers.
So we are entering a new time or season in our life. Solomon put it this way:
1 There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to rebuild.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6A time to search and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak up.
8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.
Many years ago, when we found out Pam was pregnant with Rebecca, we called the pastor who got us together and married us. He said the thing about having children is that they are part of your legacy. My prayer is that as Rebecca goes to college that she will be part of the legacy of building the Kingdom. That is my prayer for you as well — to leave a legacy of building the Kingdom. God bless you and I love you. Pastor Dale.

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