The Best Is Yet To Come

It has been Kingsway’s habit to give out a small, very appreciated, year-end Christmas gift to people who are on a ministry team.  Usually there is a coffee mug involved, because well who doesn’t want coffee involved with a good morning devotion?  (I very much enjoy my morning coffee in my Kingsway mug-- thank you Pastor Bryon and staff.)  At the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 the mug said” The Best is yet to Come”...
 
And then the world turned upside down.
 
2020 was a very trying year for most, if not all of us.  Personally 2020 was a year of great pain, loss and need for total dependence on God like no other.  At times it seemed like the best was not yet to come.
 
But God.
 
But God is writing a beautiful story, and we know by faith that the best is coming.  We have had to hold on and believe we will see the goodness of God in the land of the living.  2020 has been a time to double down on all of the verses that we’ve memorized over the years, that He knows the plans he has for us to give us hope and a future, that He will cause all things to work together for our good, that He is trustworthy and dependable, that he will bring to completion the work He has begun in us, and so many more.
 
Personally, I have been greatly saddened by the announcement that Pastor Bryon is leaving us.  I will miss Pastor Bryon’s leadership, his authentic Godly character, and his friendship.  He welcomed us to Kingsway at a time when we were brokenhearted from another church experience, and he restored our trust in Godly leadership.  I have no doubt God has prepared Pastor Phil for the role and will be amazing, but change can be hard.  Change is very high on measuring scales of stress levels.  And yet we serve a changeless God of change. I’m sure it was difficult for Israel when David passed from the scene as King; and yet Solomon built the temple and continued his father's reign.  I can’t imagine how the disciples felt when Jesus left them and yet He said it was better for them that He go so the Holy Spirit would come.
 
So, it was with a heavy heart that I tuned in to watch the service from Glassboro today.  As I watched and heard the story of how our two churches histories intertwined and saw the way that God has been, and is moving, I was encouraged.  I’m sure over many of the years since the 1920s split it may have been difficult-- but for eyes of faith-- to see God’s hand.  To hear Pastor Bryon’s call for unity, stability, and strength, and to see how God has connected the dots, as only He can,  gives me hope for the future.  I came away from watching the service with a renewed sense hope and awe that “The Best is yet to Come.”

by Fred Meserall
Fred and his wife Susan began attending Kingsway in June of 2014. They found Kingsway to be a place of refreshment and healing after their previous church experience. Fred is passionate about pursuing God, family, and lifegroups (including his current group which has been meeting continuously for 16 years). Fred and Susan absolutely love the fact that they, their two daughters and their husbands, and grandchildren all attend church together. Fred is a non-recovering “aquaholic” who enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, communing with God, and all things surf and family.        
 

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