Back Home Again

Thomas Wolfe wrote, “All things point home in old October; sailors to sea, travelers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.”

It’s October, and I’m going home.

Vanceburg Christian Church in Vanceburg, Kentucky just asked me to be their preaching minister, and I jumped at the chance to go back to my hometown.

27 years ago, I left Vanceburg to live in Lexington, Kentucky. There I earned a college degree, got a job and found a wife. After I began preaching, the trail led to Junction City and then Science Hill. Then we left the bluegrass state for the flatlands of Indiana, where we have been for 8 years.

Along the way we found gladness and heartaches, friends and foes, victories and defeats. I have come to understand why someone once called full-time Christian ministry a “joyful burden”.

Last year the winds of change began to blow in our lives. My wife and I both sensed very clearly that God was moving us in a different direction. We were so sure of this that I resigned my ministry before we had been given our next assignment. We waited 10 months for God’s leading to take us in any specific direction. We were rewarded greatly for our patience.

Now, I’m going home. We will be close to family, and I have already begun to renew old friendships and acquaintances. We are excited about this new chapter in our lives. I am well-rested and ready to get back to preaching on a regular basis.

It will be difficult to say “Goodbye” to our dear friends in Indiana. Perhaps God left us here for nearly a year in between ministries because he knew it would not be easy for us to leave.

But now I feel like singing along with John Denver, “Hey, it’s good to be back home again!”

It’s October, and I’m going home.

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1 Response to Back Home Again

  1. john o'cull says:

    I enjoyed this so much when you shared with congregation on your first Sunday as our preaching minister.

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