One thing is for sure about Amy — she knows how to rejoice.
Easter with Amy is a joyful celebration complete with silly string, confetti, streamers, caterpillars-turning-to-butterflies, and the Hallelujah Chorus. It’s like glitter.
Anyone who has ever worked with glitter knows how impossible it is to clean. The tiniest bit used in a craft project will show up for the next week on the table, on hands, on clothes, on faces — everywhere!
But Amy — my heart was broken to learn that Pastor Amy is moving on to a new church.
When Bud and I made the decision five years ago to move from the non-denominational church we had been attending to the United Methodist church in town, we sat down with the pastor at our current church to let him know what we were thinking and doing.
“You know,” he said, “Methodist pastors only stay in a place about 7 years. They move them around.”
Pshaw, I thought.
That was not what I was thinking last night.
I can remember the first time I saw Amy. It was at Helen’s Baccalaureate service. Amy was put in an awkward position and handled it with such grace.
Get to know her, God whispered in my heart.
Um, God, maybe you didn’t notice — she’s a woman. A woman pastor? I responded.
Sometimes it’s funny the things God doesn’t notice.
Still He niggled at me — about Amy.
It was probably close to two years later that we started attending the church she was pastoring.
Can I be honest here? Amy and I probably don’t see every issue the same way.
But Amy is like glitter. She got on my hands and in my heart.
I see little sparkles in the darnedest places where Amy has left her mark.
I see many issues differently. I understand them differently.
I am more compassionate because I’ve known Amy.
My pshaw has turned to aww… to sadness. Sadness for a church that will feel her absence. Sadness for me because I like things to always stay the same, and I don’t like change, and I don’t want Amy to ever leave ever ever ever — even though we’re staying in Cooperstown most of these days and don’t even go to the church in Greene. I just want Amy to stay where I knew her forever.
It spreads. It sparkles. Spreads and sparkles, spreads and sparkles — showing up everywhere.
I guess it’s important for Amy to move on. Throw a little glitter around somewhere else.
I, in turn, will not try to get the glitter in my heart cleaned up.
I’ll proudly display it like a Grandma Moses snow scene — sparkling and joyful.