Monday, January 04, 2010

A Graceful Exit

Well, it's done.

A member of the Personnel Committee showed up at 8:30 this morning and he didn't want to waste any time hemming and hawing. So, we walked into the church office and told her... simply and as kindly as we could.

For a fleeting moment, I could see in her face an inner conflict:"Do I tell them off or do I leave with grace and dignity?" She chose the latter, which honestly, made it all the harder on me. It's easier to feel justified when someone cusses you out or tells you that you're a terrible person.

I must say, today I got a lesson in graciousness.

After the news sunk in a little bit, she said, "Well, I guess God doesn't want me here and I believe that 'everything works out for good for those who love God...'" She collected her belongings, went to the restroom and came into my office and asked me to have prayer with her. She proceeded to pray a lovely prayer asking God to lead and guide me and that we might find the right person to fill the position. It was then my turn and I wasn't nearly as eloquent as I tried to find the words asking God to bless and guide her.

If only her office skills were as great as her heart. *sigh*


God_Guurrlll said...

I am relieved for you. Take a deep breath and then let out a sigh of relief.


Terri said...

and, so I believe God will lead her where her gifts can be used and her joy fulfilled - and you and the church can find the person who can really bring life to that position. Blessings for you. I hope you sleep tonight.

revkjarla said...

Sigh. Good. Wonderful work, and she will find her path. Love and prayers to you!

Mary Beth said...

sounds like she wasn't really very surprised. maybe relieved.


zorra said...

Ohhh...I'm glad that's behind you. Both of you. It sounds like it was the best decision.

DogBlogger said...

What the others have already said.
(and one more big *sigh*)

Rev SS said...

another "ditto" ... glad for you

Sue said...

catching up late because of a rough week here, but my prayers are with you. That must have been so heart-wrenching. You handled it beautifully.