by Beth Howe
Another valuable lesson I have learned and am still learning is that change is good!
I have never been one to like change. I lived in the same house for 17 years of my life. And the only reason I moved out was that my dad remarried, a
nd we moved into his new wife’s home. That did not last long as I moved in with my grandparents within a year. Ever since then, I have moved often.
I lived in Booneville, MS for two year going to NEMCC. I lived in Hattiesburg, MS, for two years going to USM. I then, lived a short time in Ft. Worth, TX, attending SWBTS before moving to Lake Charles, LA, for Jonathan to be Coordinator of Athletic Events at McNeese State and me to commute to SWBTS in Houston, TX. We stayed there for three years until I finished seminary and we moved to Katy, TX, for me to serve as Minister of Grade Schoolers for a year. Then, we came to Trussville, AL, to CrossPoint for the past five years. I have learned to, like it or not, move!!
And with each move, I have made new friends to add to my family. One in particular, I have driven twice to Meridian, MS, this year to be with her as she grieves the earthly loss of her dad in January and her mom a few short weeks ago. I would not have this relationship with who my children call “Aunt D” if it were not for being in Lake Charles.
And just think about it, I would not have seen around 100 children at CrossPoint baptized in the past five years if God had not brought be to CrossPoint. I know those children would have been saved as that was the work of God, but I would not have stood beside them at the baptismal waters and met with them prior to their baptism for which I am so thankful. I would not have some amazing memories of chocolate syrup on the slip slide at camp if God had not brought me to CrossPoint. I would not have stood beside the bed of our members at the hospital, cried with others at the funeral home, or experienced digging through tornado rubble with others. And these are milestones in my life that I will never for
So change brought me here five years ago and that is a good thing! And change is taking me to the next adventure in my life and as I am scared and sad, it is going to be good. It will be good for two reasons: I will have the opportunity to impact a new group of children, a new group of families, and a new community. Please pray for them. And reason two, Layne Parrish will have the opportunity to impact the lives of CrossPoint children, CrossPoint families, and the CrossPoint staff. I ask that you pray for her.
Change is never easy and comes with sadness and fear, but it is good.
The more places you go, the more you meet, the more you impact with the gospel. So I will say ‘See you later’ to my CrossPoint family and take the gospel with me to Hermitage, TN.
Please know that I love you all and will miss you all. I pray that you recognize the need to serve in the church, to disciple your children, and to love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. We are family!