Friday, July 20, 2007

The Letter I Never Thought I'd Have to Write

Beloved Children of God,

At the regularly scheduled Session meeting on Thursday, July 19, the Session accepted the resignation of TDH from his positions both as elder and as paid staff. We are grateful for his services in both capacities.

Throughout his life TDH has struggled with depression. While he is not and never has been a danger to others or himself we have agreed that while he works toward a place of health it is best for him to not be living in our home.

I am 100% committed to our marriage and I hope it goes without saying that we remain committed to the loving care and nurture of The Boy.

We are truly blessed to be a part of This Church and the surrounding community. You have all bolstered us with your prayers and support before and I know you will do so again. Thank you for the many ways you are the body of Christ.

Peace be with You,

25 comments:

Lorna said...

(ws)

Teri said...

{{WS}}
well said.

Mark Smith said...

Nice job.

You are much more gracious that I expect that I would be.

Cathy said...

What a beautiful hard to write letter.

I only wish I could have been that gracious under the circumstances.

QuakerPastor said...

I am holding you in the Light of God.

Towanda said...

You are such a presence of grace in all of this.

Prayers continue.

RevRosa said...

ditto what quakerpastor said. I'm glad for you that tomorrow you have the MS ride. Go fast. Hope fair winds follow you all along the way. ]*

St. Casserole said...

You are an amazing gal. I'm proud to know you.

sending prayers and shoulder chuck things

HeyJules said...

This makes me so sad as we are having the same "dark night of the soul" thing going on with one of the male pastors at our church. I've watched his struggle with depression (and, in the past, infidelity) and I have seen how hard it has been for this couple to hold their marriage together.

But together it is, and I pray you and TDH are able to do the same. God bless.

Magdalene6127 said...

Beautiful, (((WS))).

Peace,

Mags

Rev Kim said...

So beautifully written. Continuing to pray for you, your family, and your congregation.

Michelle said...

Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re.

Gentle in manner, resolute in deed.

you are in my prayers...

will smama said...

I LOVE that Michelle. Thank you.

You all are using words like gracious and I will have to look back on this to remind me of that since my guess is that it is going to be hard to stay on the high road.

Jane Ellen+ said...

"Staying on the high road" over the long haul is some of the hardest stuff there is... but you've made a grand start here. Grace and peace continue to guide and support you, beloved child of God, as you plod along.

(ws)

DogBlogger said...

Good work there. Yes, definitely high road, and definitely difficult.

Prayers and *[

Serena said...

What they all said .. high road of grace indeed! Pray you continue to experience God's grace as you extend it.

mompriest said...

ws, although the circumstances in my marriage were different, I reached a similar place about 12 years into our marriage. As it turns out, we have been married 22 years this August. We took the time, both of us, to work through and work out what we were facing, in particular some real issues in my husband's life which were deeply affecting me, us, and our children. A lot of therapy, individual, family, couple...

Through it all we had a lot of good support. I see now that it would have been fine however it worked out, either being able to restore and grow our marriage - or end it. I am grateful we could restore it and grow it. There is something really profound about a marriage that sustains and grows through challenges like this. But, not all marriages can or do. I would have been ok regardless... I hope the what ever direction your life and marriage need to take that you continue to find some peace, love, and grace in the places and people that love and support you.

Judy said...

Wow, just wow. Beautiful and gracious.

more cows than people said...

(o) blessings, ws.

Purechristianithink said...

What they said.

Kathryn said...

You are wonderful, a gift to those who know you. Still praying that you're enveloped in God's love and grace. ]*

zorra said...

Grace and peace, deep peace, to you.

Leah Sophia said...

{{{{{ws}}}}}

Sue said...

Well said WS.

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Diane said...

yes, what they said.
you are so gracious.