Saying Good-Bye

Exodus 33:14
And He said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

Just a few weeks after opening my private practice in counseling, it became obvious that I couldn’t do this by myself—at least not at the level that things were going. So in March 1997, the Lord directed me in one of the best decisions for CCES that I’ve ever made. I hired Cherie as a receptionist/secretary to enable me to do more counseling. Later as her responsibilities grew, her title changed to Office Manager.

Over the years we ventured into a lot of new territory together! We were confused and baffled at times, and discovered answers as we searched together. We held seminars, workshops and teas, did many Bible studies, and worked with others to produce more than a dozen television shows. We moved furniture, stripped wallpaper, painted, and decorated. We watched our children grow up and celebrated graduations, weddings and births. We sorrowed together at the death of loved ones. We supported each other through surgeries, accidents and sicknesses. We laughed together, prayed together, and cried together. And through it all, we saw the faithfulness of God as we shared the joy of helping others.

Sadly, this is Cherie’s last week at CCES. As of March 5, she’s moving to a new full-time job where she will continue serving others through a different organization. So now it’s time to say good-bye—but not completely. Cherie will remain a member of the CCES Prayer Board, and will be involved in our annual Christmas tea.

So, Cherie, we pray God’s blessing on you as you begin your new job. May you find much joy in your new position and may you be the ray of sunshine in that office that you have been in ours. God, bless you, my dear friend. Rest well in the knowledge that His presence goes with you. May you find His grace sufficient for your every need.

Gentle Shepherd, what a comfort to know that whatever changes we face, You walk beside us to guide, protect, and strengthen us. Grant us all Your peace as we face the changes that each new day brings.

By Ann Shorb
©Copyright Ann Shorb, 2006

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