Retirement! I am still adjusting to the idea. I once said I found it easier to imagine dying than retiring. I'm happy to say I've moved past that morbid thought, but still I am having a hard time imagining it. I am rather wed to the idea of being an active pastor (it's been forty-three years, after all!) So the next two years will provide me time to take a good look at my identity.
It will provide the congregation the same opportunity. Not to look at my identity, but rather theirs. Who is John Danner beyond being Pastor Danner? And what is the Sanibel Congregational UCC at this point in its
journey? Big questions for both of us. But I suspect we will come to a similar answer. For Pastor or not, I will remain a follower of Jesus, trying to ascertain what's next on my faith journey. And the congregation will remain a church, followers of Jesus also discerning the direction they need to go in the future.
Keep us all in your prayers as we move through these transitional times.