Ray McDonald's Blog

Thoughts and Reflections

Being Faithful To God

Ruth 1:16

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”

In a couple of months – my wife and I will celebrate 38 years of marriage. They have mostly been fantastic years (she might say otherwise). Our oldest just turned 35 and our twins will be 30 soon. Our oldest grands are 5 and there are two that are 3 and one that is 1. More might be coming in the years to come. I would hope that as a family we will stick together thru thick and thin. Two daughters lived out-of-state for a season of time and that was hard – especially on their mother. We are now all together in Maryland. I pray that God will keep us all together in some fashion as we age and continue to live and be a blessing to each other and to others. All have a deep faith and trust in God and that is a blessing. I pray – as a family – we will remain faithful to God.

Soon I will finish my 42nd year in ministry (37th in ordained ministry – 38th under appointment). Time flies – let me tell you. A number of the interns I have been blessed to serve with have already retired or left the active ministry. Some are still at it. It has been mostly a blessing. Retirement isn’t too far off. Yet – we will remain faithful to God and God’s Word – and serve Christ and His church somehow – even in retirement. I pray I will always be faithful to God. Continue reading

May 30, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

True Friends

Ruth 1:16

Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.

profileAs a pastor’s son – I grew up in several different places. My dad had long stays at most of his churches – long by the standard of his day when most pastors moved every 4-6 years (sooner if the church and pastor were not a good match). Growing up we stayed 9 years at one church – 5 years at the next and 11 years at another. During the years I lived at home I knew 3 church families and 6 different schools before going off to college and beyond. Finding true friends – lasting friends was not easy.

I still know folks from 1st grade but I don’t have any real friendships with them. I do know some folks from my first church as a child – and know some of them very well and feel close to some of them – but that might have been heightened by the 24 years I served as pastor of that church 18 years after my father left (dad followed my grandfather serving that church – after my grandfather’s death). You might say it is a family church for the McDonald family (some family members are still there). Continue reading

April 14, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

%d bloggers like this: