Weekly Devotional by Pam Hamilton - January 9, 2019
As I served communion yesterday my tears began to flow, and as second service attenders saw, continued through the pastoral prayer. I was not surprised at my swell of emotion as we bid Erin and family good-bye, nor do I mind public tears, for they speak a universal language and express what words cannot.

Many of us were feeling the same heart tug and have tried to ‘ward off’ the finality of saying good-bye to a woman- warrior who has served us well. The tears you cried, or the ones you held back, but felt, were testimony that you care. Change is hard, and any change, no matter what the circumstance, is accompanied by loss. We will experience loss in Erin’s absence, but she too will experience loss as she embraces a new and exciting opportunity…. And it’s Okay.

In Psalm 56 David speaks of God keeping his “tears in a bottle”. I don’t think heaven is lined with apothecary jars of tears, but I do think the reference is about remembrance, and the importance of us remembering what moved us to tears – for we to quickly want to ‘move on’ before we have allowed our self to experience the emotion of the moment. God remembers, God takes note, God cares – that’s what the bottles are about.

I don’t know about you, but after a good cry I find that my energy can shift, and new perspective come. As we acknowledge loss, soon we can shift to a place of hope for the future and see new opportunities before us.

None of us know what is in store for Saint Andrew as we seek a new pastor, but we can be assured that God has taken note, God will remember and God cares, so much so that even our tears are treasures.

Thanks, Lord for caring, for consoling and for bringing great hope as we stick together in this transition.

Pam is a clinical social worker, grandmother of 8, aficionado of pickle-ball, prefers the water over land and is thrilled to be married to Mary O’Reilly.


Saint Andrew Pastoral Partners
The Saint Andrew Pastoral Partners offer support when you have joys and/or concerns to share, need prayers, or someone to talk to.  We also are available for hospital visits, reaching out to those that are in need or members we haven’t see in awhile, working with your Covenant Group and new members.

Some of our responsibilities include serving communion and sharing the Prayer of Thanksgiving.  We also help out with special services such as the Easter Sunrise Service, Ash Wednesday, Remembrance Service and Christmas Eve Services.  

Each week we will list three of our Pastoral Partners. Please don’t hesitate to contact them!
Judy Frazier - mtn.frazier@gmail.com
Eugenio Gonzalez - ej.gonzalez@sbcglobal.net
Ann Kinnamon - annkinnamon@gmail.com
13890 W. 127th Street Olathe, KS 66062
Telephone: 913.764.5888  |  Fax: 913.764.4692  |  Email: office@sacchome.org