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Lenten Devotional – Day 20 – Breaking Away

Scripture:  Ecclesiastes 3:1

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

Reflecting on more my than 30 years of ordained ministry, there always is some sorrow as one ministry concludes and another begins.  Following the leading of God’s Spirit, I gradually grew a parachurch ministry which became known to a small circle of followers as “BreakAway.” I sought support and funding from various sources.

In 2013, my ministry partners and I launched “BreakAway Ministry” fulltime and were renting storefront space in downtown Valparaiso, Indiana. By 2016 the season for this unique downtown ministry had come to a close. God’s still-speaking voice had called me onward to a new form of ministry in rural Indiana.

Moving out of our rental space, shutting down a Facebook page, obtaining a new email address, dis-assembling our webpage, printing hard copies of a three year weekly inspirational blog, thanking our donors, and saying “good-bye” to those who had shared a BreakAway journey with us… carried some sorrow.

BreakAway lived for three years and sustained countless people on a spiritual journey who may never find their way back into the organized church again. As I recall… Jesus ministered for just three years. And then he died… and rose again … and the gift of the Holy Spirit continues to touch lives  long after just those three years. Our memories of a three-year ministry are always tinged with joy and gladness as we reflect on them now.

Prayer: Oh God, you are the one who enables us to break away from whatever holds us back. Amen.

  – Victoria S. Ubben – Wanatah, Indiana

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