One of my favorite lines about endings comes from the song “Closing Time” by Semisonic. They sing: “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” In fact that was the text I used in my final sermon as minister of the Second Unitarian Church in Omaha, Nebraska. The beginning that commenced in August of 2008 is now drawing to an end.
But as the song suggests, with every end there is a subsequent beginning. This fall I will begin to serve the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Antonio, Texas where they recently voted to call me. At the same time, you will begin a new Developmental Ministry with the Rev. Roberta Finkelstein. I have known Roberta for years, and her reputation is top notch. She has been one of the premiere interim ministers in the UUA for many years. I am overjoyed that she will serve this congregation, which I love so deeply.
The temptation is to focus on those beginnings because they are so joyful. Endings can be so sad. And yet time and again, history has proven that if we don’t say “good-bye” well, it is harder to embrace the “hello” that follows. So, while it may be sad, and at times difficult, let us spend June saying “good-bye” so that our next “hello” is able to be that much sweeter.
May You Be Blessed Always,
Rev. Dr. Joshua Snyder