Fear of God

Jason in John Knox pulpitsmallMatthew 10:28 (ESV)

28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear  him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:28 (KJV)

28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

This verse has a very straight forward message to the reader.

Let’s break down this verse into two parts.  The first part being “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul….”  This first part is Jesus telling us not to fear man because man is only able to kill the body.  The worst that man can do to us is simply kill our bodies.

This leads us to the second part of the verse; “but rather fear him which is able to destroy both the soul and body in hell.”  God is sovereign.  God is the Almighty Creator of everything around us.  God created us, and He has the power to kill us, too.  Not only does God have the power to kill our bodies, but He also has the power to kill our souls.

So why am I writing about Matthew 10:28?  During my class I came across a quote from Charles H. Spurgeon which filled my heart with sorrow and conviction which also leads to the second part of this blog post.

“If I never won souls, I would sigh till I did.  I would break my heart over them if I could not break their hearts.  Though I can understand the possibility of an earnest sower never reaping, I cannot understand the possibility of an earnest sower being content not to reap.  I cannot comprehend any of you Christian people trying to win souls and not having results, and being satisfied without results.”

Even as I read that a second time, I can feel my heart being ripped in half and filled with sorrow.  I live in a fallen world full of unconverted souls. Souls that will die in Hell.  My own heart breaks for these souls, but my heart breaks even more knowing that I’ve done little to try and reach these souls to share the Gospel with them.  Why haven’t I done anything to reach them?  It’s because I’m afraid of human judgment.  When I read Matthew 10:28, I realized that the fear of man is a pointless fear that leads only to further sin.  We should only fear God.

God commands us to go out into our neighborhoods, our cities, our world and spread the Gospel.  God wants every knee to bow to Him.  What’s stopping you from sharing the Gospel with your neighbors, your family, or friends?  Is it the fear of judgement?  The fear of not having the proper knowledge?  The fear of persecution?  Is it the fear of death?  None of those things matter.  It does not matter what the world thinks of you.  There are millions of the lost souls in our fallen world, and the only way that they will hear the Gospel is if we go out and spread the Gospel.  The number of lost souls in this world should break our hearts and make us all realize how urgent the command to share the Gospel is.  The only thing that matters is reaching the lost souls and sharing the Gospel.  The chief end of man is to glorify God.  We glorify God further when we follow His commands so what’s stopping us?

I challenge you to go out and try to win souls.  I challenge you to share the Gospel message with a non believer.  I challenge you to face your fears.  I challenge you to not be content until you see results.  I challenge you to pray for the salvation of the lost souls.  Don’t fear man.  The worst that man can do to us is kill us for the Gospel of Christ.  Fear the One who can kill both soul and body in Hell.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Jason Buchholz

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology; what does that bring into your mind? Perhaps you think that it’s too complicated for you, or that it’s too dull, or perhaps you don’t really know what it is about.  For me Systematic Theology is about piety.  The point of studying anything is not merely to gain knowledge about it; no, it must be in order to use it to the glory of God.  The aim of Systematic Theology, therefore, is to become pious.

What is piety?  Often people speak of a pious person as if it’s a bad thing.  But piety is devotion and reverence for God, it’s putting Him first in all of our decisions in life, it’s hating sin and pursuing righteousness, it’s delighting in the things of God, loving His people, and caring about the lost.  In short, piety is being like our Saviour Jesus Christ.

As I teach this class, my concern is not that the students will gain in their knowledge about God, but rather that will become more pious.  In order to do this, I must first take the log out of my own eye before trying to extract specks from the eyes of others.  And when you think about it, that’s what makes studying Systematic Theology harder.  It’s easy to learn facts about God; you could easily pick up a book and learn that.  It’s harder to learn piety.  We like learning in the abstract, but we are defensive when it demands changes in our lives.  But that’s what makes the class dynamic, instead of a drudgery.

Is it worth it?  Absolutely!  We are doing exactly what David says in Psalm 27.  He desired to be in the house of God, beholding and admiring God’s beauty.  Systematic theology is about seeking God’s face.

StephenBrendaYou have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.” [Ps. 27:8]

– Stephen McCollum

Opportunity

SAQWhy do you keep having all those young Americans over?   It’s a question I have been asked a few times,  down through the years, by fellow ministers in a sister denomination.  The answer is simple – ‘Opportunity’.

 

Semester in Scotland is an opportunity I would love to have experienced when I was at university.  It’s an opportunity to visit another country and slightly different culture.   An opportunity to be given structured time to read the Bible and good books.  An opportunity, because of the size of the class, to learn in a seminar environment where questions are encouraged, discussion is relevant, and there is no pressure to ‘cram’ to pass a test.  An opportunity to learn first hand about the history of Christ’s Church in a different land.  An opportunity to be part of and serve in another part of the body of Christ.   An opportunity to continue to grow and develop, building on the foundation that had already been laid in life by family, friends, church, and college life.

 

Semester in Scotland is all about opportunity.  That’s what I share with the students as soon as they arrive and many of them get it.  A fact borne out by the testimonies of those who have taken the program.

 

So if you’re looking for an opportunity to grow and mature as a person and experience the opportunities cited above, then come and take the Semester in Scotland program, you will not regret it!

 

Andrew Quigley

Scottish Reformation and Covenanter History

Jimmy and HelenMy name is Jimmy Fisher, and I teach Scottish Reformation and Covenanter history for Semester in Scotland.

In my class we begin by learning a little bit about how Christianity came to Scotland and the early Christians here.  Then we go on to discuss how God worked in Scotland during the First Reformation between 1528-1560.  We learn about the key players and events during those times and discuss how they impact Scotland today.  Names like Hamilton, Wishart, Knox, and Melville are all discussed.

Following that we move onto the Second Reformation from 1638-1688.  This is the time of the Covenanters, a time when many throughout Scotland were persecuted for their faith.  We learn about the likes of Henderson, Cameron, Cargill, and Renwick.  Men who stood against tyranny to proclaim the Kingship of Christ.  Again we discuss their lives, events, and deaths.

All of this classroom work is of course an important element, but it also sets a good background for the week long tour that the students take with us.  During that week, they get to visit the locations where many of these events happened.  From the place where the first martyr for the Reformation, 24 year old Patrick Hamilton, was burnt at the stake to the battlefields of the Covenanters at Bothwell Bridge, Airds Moss, and Drumclog.  This is the week when history really comes alive.  From crossing over windy moors to visit lonely martyr graves, to standing in mighty castles and grand cathedrals and churches where the likes of John Knox and Alexander Henderson preached.  This is an experience that can be life changing.  The people, places, and events that we read and discuss in the classroom spring to life as we stand where the martyrs stood, and where they gathered in the open fields for worship, often at risk of their lives.   As the tour guide for Scottish Reformation Tours, we can take the students to  remote locations that many do not know even exist.

Jimmy and Helen with some of last semester's students singing at Airds Moss.

Jimmy and Helen with some of last semester’s students singing at Airds Moss.

As well as the Reformation and Covenanter tour, my wife Helen and I also take the students on a cultural outing every Wednesday afternoon.  The places we visit on these trips vary greatly, like museums and art galleries, well known tourist locations like Edinburgh and Stirling castles, trips to the stunning Scottish Highlands where they can walk along the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond or go a bit further north to see the majestic mountains of Glencoe.  We also throw in some castles, battlefields like Bannockburn, and many other places of interest too.  All of these places hopefully leave memories of Scotland that the students will remember long after they have returned home.

Jimmy Fisher

Week 1 Recap

Today is the beginning of my second week of studies, and my eleventh day since arriving in the “Land of Knox” and already my dreams of Scotland have been superseded by an even greater reality.  The land is far more beautiful than I could have imagined and the people possess a rare degree of kindness – especially to two foreigners such as we are.  I have already been to Glasgow, stood inside its High Church where once the venerable Reformer and Covenanter, Alexander Henderson, presided as moderator of the first free General Assembly of the Church of Scotland since the time of Knox.  I gazed upon the original painting of the martyrdom of John Brown of Priesthill, and stood motionless and with the utmost sobriety and shock as I read the grave plaque of five martyred Covenanters, buried only yards away from me.  My mind has never been so actively concerned with the work of Reformation as it is now, and gazing upon the very real and very good reminders of what sufferings the Church has underwent for “Christ’s Crown and Covenant” has left me longing, more than ever, to see the banner raised once again over this, and every other land of forgetfulness.  Past grace, however, does not make a present reality.  The Gospel is barely spoken here, and already it is apparent that this land may be well under the impression that they are in a “Post-Christian world” where the riches of the Gospel are esteemed as antiquated coinage and of no real value, save only for historical inquiry.  Knox may be known – and his monument at the Necropolis in Glasgow is the largest on the whole hill, overlooking the city like the shepherd it is made in likeness of – but His Christ is not.  Those who are laboring here, with whom I have the delight and privilege to know, have a Gospel-fever that dwarfs my own and one much like their martyred predecessors.  The challenges they face in Christian ministry are met with rare graces, and a true love to God, which prompts them to look at the land as being exceedingly “ripe for the harvest”.  This is not the Scotland of the Covenanted Reformation anymore, but the Gospel is still preached by a remnant, and that remnant is tirelessly employed in the work.

I am learning as well.  Learning theology, history, and piety in the same part of the world where the fields once ran crimson with martyr blood is a phenomenon I truly did not expect to have.  Men and women, cities, buildings, and fields that I had read and dreamed about have come to life.  It, I imagine, is much like what a devout Tolkien fan would experience if ever he was invited to explore the shire, the city of Rivendell, and the stone fortress at Helm’s Deep.  My fantasy world has come to life.  I can stand and see what Cargill saw, look upon the Grassmarket, and wander the hills that were once killing fields for those who would rather die than forsake Christ, and deny His crown rights and royal prerogatives.

Joseph Dunlap

Grave plaque for Covenanter martyrs, Robert Scott, Matthew Patoun, James Johnston, Archibald Stewart, James Winning, and John Maine. All of which are interred near the Glasgow Cathedral. The plaque is more recent, and found beneath the nave of the Cathedral.

Grave plaque for Covenanter martyrs, Robert Scott, Matthew Patoun, James Johnston, Archibald Stewart, James Winning, and John Maine. All of which are interred near the Glasgow Cathedral. The plaque is more recent, and found beneath the nave of the Cathedral.

Myself (looking rather thoughtful and solemn..and pale) beside the original painting of the martyrdom of Covenanter John Brown of Priesthill, near the Glasgow Cathedral.

Myself (looking rather thoughtful and solemn..and pale) beside the original painting of the martyrdom of Covenanter John Brown of Priesthill, near the Glasgow Cathedral.

The nave at Glasgow Cathedral. At this spot the first free General Assembly since the time of Knox, took place with Alexander Henderson as moderator.

The nave at Glasgow Cathedral. At this spot the first free General Assembly since the time of Knox, took place with Alexander Henderson as moderator.

First Impressions

Hello, my name is Jason Buchholz.  I’m a pre-seminary student at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.  I found out about the Semester in Scotland program through my friend Rosie.  In October, Dr. Watt asked my friend Joseph if he’d like to take part in the program.  Later that day, Joseph came back to our room and asked if I would want to go Scotland and take part in the program, too.  I immediately said yes because traveling to Europe has always been a dream of mine, and I really liked the classes that are offered through the program.  At the time, we both thought it was a crazy idea and neither of us thought we would actually get to come to Scotland.  During the next month until November, I had a huge fear of the unknown inside me.  Finally after Thanksgiving, we found out that we would definitely be able to come to Scotland.  We both got accepted and bought our plane tickets.  When we clicked the “complete order” button on Expedia.com, the fear quickly turned to pure joy and excitement.  Although I was full of joy and excitement, I had no idea what to expect.  Joseph and I wrote out this huge list of things we wanted to do in Scotland and looked at countless pictures of Scotland with hope that when we finally arrived in Scotland on January 15th, the trip would match up to the bucket list and all the countless pictures.  Fast forward to January 22nd.  Now that I’ve been here for an entire week, and I’ve had time to explore a few places while embracing the culture, I can honestly saw that Scotland has blown my expectations away and wiped any fears that I may have had out of my head.  Scotland is one of the friendliest places that I’ve ever visited, and the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Airdrie really focuses on making you feel welcome.  Thank you to everyone so far that has welcomed Joseph and I into Scotland.

Airdrie RP Church where classes and studying and ministry observation takes place.

Airdrie RP Church where classes and studying and ministry observation takes place.

Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

In the Cairngorm Mountains

In the Cairngorm Mountains

Meet Joseph and Jason

Joseph and Jason will be arriving in Scotland, Lord willing, in one week to start Semester in Scotland on the 19th January.  They are both students at Geneva College.  Here is a little bit about them.

JasonHi.  My name is Jason Buchholz.  I’m 21.  I’m from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I attend Three Rivers Grace Church which is a Southern Baptist church.  I’m in my third year at university, and I’m studying Pre-seminary.

 

 

 

 

JosephHi.  My name is Joseph Dunlap.  I’m from Grampian, Pennsylvania (named after the Grampian Hills), and I attend a Presbyterian Church in America church while at home, though I am, by conviction, Reformed Presbyterian.  At school I attend Grace Gibsonia RPC, (Patrick McNeely is the intern there).  I am in my second year at university, and I am studying Pre-Seminary.

 

Final Thoughts

RosieWe were blessed this semester with the opportunity to seek Jesus for hours every  day.  We prayed, read, served the church, and discussed God’s truth in class.

And all the while, a significant concern for our teachers was this: they knew God’s truth needed to make its way through our heads and deep into our hearts.

Take, for example, the concept of prayer.

Anyone can parrot back Puritan definitions.  It’s easy to say “Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, in the name of Christ, by the help of his Spirit; with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.”  We can recite good theology and never actually kneel before the throne of grace.  The rubber needs to meet the road, Christian!

If we do not love God and people enough to pray both privately and with others – if the truth does not stir our hearts to prayer – then all the teaching and learning and reading in the world will have been a waste of time.

But, praise God, our months in Scotland were not wasted time!  Hours of reading, praying, and serving made us more faithful to pray, more passionate to follow Christ.  God blessed us through this church!

(And some of us might be more passionate about reading now, too.)
As far as out-of-class experiences, one that was especially dear to me was the faithfulness I saw lived out in a weekly prayer meeting.  Every Saturday night, a small group of saints gathered around a table in the church office.  They praised the Lord and thanked Him for his mercies, and came to him with one request: that He would bring friends & family to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

These saints are faithful because THEIR GOD is faithful.  He always hears.  There are even names from the list of loved ones that have been scratched out, because God has saved sinners from Hell.  He has indeed remembered mercy.

And now, my friend, I’ll let you in on a secret… This semester studying abroad?  I kinda think it’s a missions trip.  Check it out: We went to a foreign country and were discipled by faithful lovers of God.  We spent time with the church’s young people during the week, we worshiped with believers from another culture, we pleaded with God to save souls, and we told folks around town about Jesus.  Sounds like missions to me.

And SPEAKING of worship with those believers, we students all grew a lot under Pastor Andrew’s preaching.  Here are two of my favorite sermons from the semester:

“What Are You Dreaming Of?”

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=111814103864

“Why The World Is Not To Be Loved!”

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1013143125

 

I pray I can go back to Airdrie, Scotland someday.  (Hah! Maybe I’ll go on a missions trip?)  But whatever God has for us, I know I will see every one of these dear saints again.  I mean, just check out the twenty-third psalm!

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.  –Psalm 23

I will see every one of these saints again because we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever, worshipping that Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world: Jesus Christ, our Lord, our Prophet, our Priest, our King.

–Soli Deo Gloria.

Rosie Perkins

Final Reflections

JennieSince my time in Scotland has come to an end, I have to say, I’ve been incredibly  blessed.  Regardless of any nerves or apprehension I may have had prior to arriving in Airdrie, those all faded away the moment I got off the plane.  Not only was I going to get to experience some pretty amazing courses while here, but I was about to be welcomed into a great community.  It is one thing to arrive in a new church and enjoy the service, it is another thing to be welcomed into a church family as one of their own.  The church here in Airdrie, did just that.  They welcomed five American students they barely knew into their homes, into their lives, and into their church.  To these people I am glad to have met and gotten to know, we weren’t just people passing through, many took an invested interest in each of us and showed the love of Christ through each and every action they took.  During our time here, Andrew did a sermon series preaching through 1 John.  One of the main things that stuck out to me in his sermons was that we are able to change and we are able to love others, not because of our own actions or our own merit, but because of the great love of God the Father.  I have been blessed to have witnessed this love while in Scotland, through the actions of the church members.

I will say it, I love kids.  I always have, even when I was a little girl.  I grew up with my parents teaching the preschool age Sunday School class, and I always loved helping in their class more than going to my own.  For the past 6 years I have taught Sunday School, helped with vacation Bible school, worked at an afterschool program, and worked at a summer day camp.  So needless to say, I was greatly looking forward to helping out with Kids Club and going to CY.  They didn’t disappoint either.  One of my favorite things about working with kids and youth is that no matter how much time and how much energy you put into events and activities, as long as you show that you care and want the best for them, they will have an amazing time.  That’s definitely what happened with Kids Club.  Kids are like sponges, and they will soak up whatever goes on around them.  I am so glad that the kids coming to Kids Club are being given the gospel and given the only truth that will lead them to eternal life.  Instead of being told what they may want to hear, they are told the truth.  Speaking from personal experience, they will greatly appreciate being raised in the faith when they are older and the world is pulling them away.  At CY, I loved being able to relax and hang out with some pretty great teens and the leaders.  This age is often referred to as the hardest to work with, it takes a lot of energy, and there can be little or no visible results.  As I learned in one of my classes this semester, simply because there seems to not be results, that is not a reason to abandon ship and avoid ministry with teens.  Teens are people, and they need to be ministered to and be invested in just as much as everyone else.  I had so much fun at CY, and I am glad that Airdrie has some great people investing their time and energy in the teens there.

One of the things I will never forget is hospitality.  Every Sunday after the morning service at church, all five students were invited to a meal prepared by a member of the church.  Not only was it always amazing food, but the conversations we had and the time we were able to spend with these individuals is so precious and beautiful.  We were invited into their lives and welcomed to their tables as one of their own family, and that is something one does not easily forget.

So the big question is, did this semester change me, did it challenge me, did it open my eyes?  The answer to all of these questions is yes.  This semester, I have witnessed the church alive and thriving in a town around 3,000 miles from my home.  It has opened my eyes to the work that God is doing through His people for His Kingdom here on earth.  His work is not confined to one specific country, because He has made all of the countries.  I was challenged to look at doctrines I had previously dismissed and truly look into what I believe about them.  I was challenged to read my Bible, and read the whole thing.  I was challenged to reevaluate my faith and to get more serious about spiritual disciplines.  Above all, I was bombarded with goodness of God at each and every turn.  From the beauty of the hills and trees to safe journeys on the road and on trains to the smiles on the faces of those we worshipped with, God’s provision and grace shone through.

I am forever grateful to Airdrie RP Church, to those who hosted us for hospitality, to those who drove us anywhere, to those who talked with us on Sundays, to those who helped with Kids Club and the kids who attended, to those who ran and attended CY, to those who took us on trips, and to all those who prayed for us and continue to do so.  You are all on my mind and in my prayers.  Thank you for faithfully serving the Lord, I will continue to pray for God’s work through you in Scotland.

Until we meet again, God bless.

Jennie Smith

A Fond Farewell

Debbie ShaferIt seems like only last week that Andrew picked David and me up from the Glasgow airport.  I can hardly believe that we have been here for four months.  But these past four months have been fantastic all around.  Looking back, the main reason I went to Geneva College was not because both my parents, an aunt, and three of my siblings went there, but so that I could participate in the Semester in Scotland Program.  I cannot even begin to express how thankful I am that God led me in that direction.  I have learned so much, and seen so much, and made some great friends.  I’ve grown in ways than I could hardly have imagined.  Even in four short months, God has done so much in me through the classes, and sermons, and the people of the church.

We spent our last day here in Scotland at church with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  I don’t think there could have been a better way to spend it either.  While I’m happy to be going home to see family for Christmas and the New Year, I’m sad to leave my new family here.  They have all been so kind and loving and supportive.  After the evening service tonight, we had tea and biscuits as usual and everyone was wishing us well and saying goodbye.  I was in tears most of the night, because it hurts so much to leave.  This place has not been just some place that I’ve been staying, no, it has been another home.  A home where people love me, and care for me, and are constantly praying for me.  The church here in Airdrie is a closely knit family through the grace of God.  It was great the way that they opened their lives to us and welcomed us so warmly from the beginning of the semester.  The questions of the night seemed to be, “Did you enjoy your time here then?” and “so what was your favourite part of the semester?”  Well, the answer to the first is, “yes, I enjoyed it all, immensely.”  The second question is a bit harder to answer, but I think I would have to say the people of the church.  The day trips were great, and I got to see a lot of Scotland during them.  The classes were phenomenal, and I pray that I can retain all that I learned and put it to practice.  But the people in this small church have touched me in a way that nothing else could.

During the church services on Sundays, I have been fed spiritually and encouraged weekly.  Andrew Quigley’s preaching has been such a blessing.  He is so passionate for the work of Christ and genuinely cares that God’s people in the Airdrie RPC get the food and guidance that they need.  The singing of the Psalms is always so beautiful, and the members truly sing with joy and gladness in their hearts.  Tonight, I started crying during the first Psalm (and the second Psalm) because I am going to miss the services and the people here so much.  Everyone is so hospitable too!  Every Sunday after the morning service, someone would have us over for great food and wonderful fellowship.  And boy do they know how to do both!  I learned to appreciate the Lord’s Day much more being a part of this church for the past four months.  It is such a blessing to be able to worship with and talk with fellow believers each Sunday.

Meeting for our weekly METs (Mutual Encouragement Times) in the middle of the week was great too!  The Bougheys were very hospitable, opening their home to us each week (and their kids are adorable!).  And I learned a lot from our studies in Nehemiah and Habakkuk.  It was helpful to meet each week to discuss them because the prophets are usually hard to fully understand.  I especially liked how Stephen so faithfully guided us in applying it to our lives today.

I loved working with the kids at Kid’s Club.  It was great watching and helping them learn about God and what it means to be a Christian.  We only had them for a short while, but I can already see how much some of them have grown.  I will miss them all very much as they have all touched my heart.  It’s sad to think that the next time I see them they will be so grown up.

I didn’t spend as much time with CY (the youth group) as I could’ve, but it was fun when I did.  I appreciate that the church takes the time and energy to continue CY even though there are not that many attendees.  When I was growing up, my church didn’t have a youth group since there were only three of us who would have been in it (awkward age difference between the older kids and us).  However, I still think they are very important and think that the leaders are doing a great job here in Airdrie.

Over all, this has been a great semester.  I have made many memories, taken about 2,895 photos (give or take a few), and gained lots of friends.  I’ve grown closer to God and have learned to love Him more.  The end of this semester though, marks the end of a very great chapter in my life.  I am officially done with school.  When I go back to the states, I have to get a job, and plan a wedding, and prepare for the next chapter of my life.  Lord willing, I will graduate on May 9, 2015, and David and I will get married on May 16.  My time here in Scotland has helped prepare me some for being away from home long term, and I look forward to what God has in store for me.  I hope to return to Scotland in the future as it has stolen a piece of my heart forever.  I have never liked saying goodbye, mostly because I never know exactly what to say.  However, Billy Boyd’s song for the end of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, “The Last Goodbye”, says goodbye quite
well:

I saw the light fade from the sky
On the wind I heard a sigh
As the snowflakes cover my fallen brothers
I will say this last goodbye

Night is now falling
So ends this day
The road is now calling
And I must away
Over hill and under tree
Through lands where never light has shone
By silver streams that run down to the sea

Under cloud, beneath the stars
Over snow one winter’s morn
I turn at last to paths that lead home
And though where the road then takes me
I cannot tell
We came all this way
But now comes the day
To bid you farewell

Many places I have been
Many sorrows I have seen
But I don’t regret
Nor will I forget
All who took the road with me

Night is now falling
So ends this day
The road is now calling
And I must away
Over hill and under tree
Through lands where never light has shone
By silver streams that run down to the sea

To these memories I will hold
With your blessing I will go
To turn at last to paths that lead home
And though where the road then takes me
I cannot tell
We came all this way
But now comes the day
To bid you farewell

I bid you all a very fond farewell

I will miss you all, so much.  You have been such a blessing, and I can’t wait to see you again!  Love you!  God bless!

Love,
Debbie Shafer (soon to be, Debbie Beer)

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