Health: I have continued abdominal swelling, much weakness, always chilly, but slight recovery of metabolic energy – not using the walker now, not using much oxygen. The hospice has been a fine service.
Article: Dear friends, I submitted the following article to the local newspaper. Someone reported they said it was the 2nd most-read. That could be taken either way, that is, a lot of folks would like to see me gone, or else are concerned about my leaving! I pray it is concern for their souls.
Pastor bids a final farewell
Terri and I moved to Sedalia with one
child in 1983 to pastor a new church
which has met at Highway M Chapel
since 1987. Alas, pancreatic cancer
showed up two years ago. Apart from
divine intervention, I’m near the end of
the road. Permit a farewell to my dear
In the almost 30 years we have raised
our five children, lived our lives, gone in
and out of the businesses, talked on the
sidewalks, preached indoors and out,
and I’ve written maybe 300 letters to the
editor. This appears to be the last. The
song writer says, “Time, like an ever-rolling
stream, bears all its sons away.”
Especially being a Christian, I’ve
known that life is brief, death is certain,
and an appearance before the judge of
all the Earth is coming. Yet, my life is
more of a “disappearing vapor” than I
imagined. Indeed, the one great thing in
life is to be ready to die. It is simple, but
Yes, I’d like to stay on with my family,
with my church, and with the souls of
men to try to serve. But God’s will is
sovereign. And, I am ready to die, in that
I was saved from my sins by the grace of
Christ 41 years ago. Heaven is OK!
This world is passing away, ruined by
sin. There is no fix to all the misery. A
new president cannot fix the land. Hospitals
remain, law courts remain, the jail
house remains, the military remains,
and tears will continue to fall.
My closing exhortation to fellow-
Sedalians is that Christ is the only hope.
Make sure you have Him. That’s all one
can have, ultimately. All else is stripped
away. He will fix you; He will fix it all. He
conquered the grave. I go down with a
glad shout, “O grave, where is your victory?”
When the Lord Jesus returns I
will rise again with all the Christians to a
new heavens and new Earth. There is a
heaven to gain; there is a hell to shun.
Farewell to all. It has been a well-spent
journey here in Sedalia.
Robert C. Jennings, co-pastor, Hwy. M Chapel, Sedalia