Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year, New Bishop, New Hope

Last week as the Bishop announced that there would be a change in bishopric tonight, I watched one of his counselors as he wrinkled his face in an effort not to cry.  I considered that he might be sad to be released, but my impression was that maybe he was emotional because he already knew that he would be the new bishop.

During the week as I prayed about the upcoming changes, I mostly prayed for the Lord's will to be done, for the change to be what was needed for the ward, and perhaps, for the needs of our family, and for me to be accepting of whatever changes came.  I did not pray that this man would be our new bishop, but in my heart I hoped my impression would be right and that he would be.

So, when his name was called tonight as our new bishop, I felt much gratitude in my heart. My daughter actually exclaimed "Yes!", and I smiled at her, letting her know that I agreed with her sentiment. Meanwhile, Scott seemed unemotional, having attended with us mainly out of curiosity.  He is too far gone church-wise (not to be confused with gospel and testimony-wise) for this to affect him much at all. But if it helps me, then it helps our family, and that is a good thing.

I don't feel it right to post much about this man on my blog, but I just wanted to let you all know that I have a really good feeling about him. He has many life experiences behind him, and he is very aware of our situation and has tried more than anyone else in the bishopric to reach out to us the past few months.  I know he has an overwhelming task ahead of him and I don't want to add to his stress, but in the near future, I plan to make an appointment with him and just explain everything. I have a feeling that he might actually listen and try to understand, and hopefully I will be open to the spirit and to his counsel.


Anonymous said...

I am happy for you that you feel good with the change in your bishopric. And, I am glad that you feel your new Bishop has reached out in love to you in the past. What a difference one person can make in our lives. I wish you and Scott all the best in the New Year, with your new bambino on the way, with your work, and all else going on.

Not to embarass you or anything, but you showed in one of my dreams last night. (We have never even met, so it is rather humorous to me that I would dream about you.) You and I were taking a religion class from John G-W. He did a good job in teaching us. No, I do not remember what the lesson was on. And, not to imply that you swear, but in the dream, he got you riled about something, and you told him "sh*t". I remember thinking in the dream, "I didn't know Sarah swore." It did not bother me, it was just a statement of fact. :) Anyway, I thought you might get a kick out of it. Why I dream the things I do is beyond me... (it is probably the Morphine talking, from my recent knee surgery...)

Love and respect always. Happy night. :)

Sarah said...

Thanks, slp. I do swear, more than I like to admit. :)

Thanks for making me smile tonight. I needed it more than you know.

Alan said...

I know you don't swear just for the hell of it Sarah. Besides, there are damn few words in the English language that everybody understands clearly anyway, might as well use all of them you can!

Sarah said...

LOL Alan. :)

Bravone said...

I love change and hope this change is good for your family. All my best wishes in 2010!

Bror said...

Yes, I too love change. I am glad you are happy with this change. I wish you a happy 2010.

lanabanana said...

I know what a mood raiser a new bishop can be. It's like the first warm breeze, in the spring. It brings with it promises of good things to come.


Christopher said...

Great! We love you guys, and I hope this works out well. I also commend you for your faithful perspective.