Cadence of a Deep Call: A Call to Say Goodbyes in Healthy Ways

Preacher Won & Mee Young Namkoong

Life is a series of welcomes and goodbyes. One of the most important beliefs in Buddhism is that those who meet are to say good byes.  From the birth from our mother's womb to the grave, we have known the pain of saying goodbyes.  My wife and I have served at West End United Methodist Church for nine years since 2008. Over the years we have received around 150 new church families since we came to this church, but we have also had to say goodbyes to over 100 of our loved church families.  Some of our church families have gone to heaven and some of our church families have moved out from Moore County.  How we do say goodbyes in healthy ways?

First of all, we need to give thanks to God for the time that we have had together, for the joys that we have shared together, for the missions and ministries that we have participated in, and even for the frustrations and disappointments that we have felt together.  It is the providence of God that my wife and I came to this church.  We could have gone to other churches.  But, by the grace of God, we came to this church and this church has turned out to be the best church that we have ever served in ministry.  Our words are too short to express our thanks to our church families for the supports, gifts, dinners, encouragement, full acceptance, prayers, etc.  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Second, we need to ask your forgiveness for the mistakes we have made and for the sins that we have committed.  We may not remember some specific mistakes, or sins, but, we believe there must been some things that have not pleased God, or our church families.  For that, we ask your forgiveness.  We have tried to set the good examples for our church families, the highest example for the Christian life.  But, we know we have not always been successful in achieving that goal.  Please forgive us with the love of Christ as you have done for others.  There is a time and season in everything, a time to embrace and a time to let go.  It is a time to let go.

Lastly, we ask your blessings as we move on.  My wife and I will bless you from the bottom of our hearts.  You have been blessings to me and my family.  My wife and I will also bless you wherever we may serve.  We may not see each other on earth again, but we are confident we will see each other in heaven.  I will not be your pastor after June 25 this year, but we will remain as friends wherever we may serve.  We will come back to this church only through the invitation of incoming pastor, Rev. Jane Leechford.  We will respect the pastoral authority of your incoming pastor.  So, I lift up my hands to bless you:  The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.  The lord lift up his countenance and give you peace. Amen, Amen, Amen!

Preacher Won and Mee Young