As I type this post I'm thinking of Ecclesiastes 3--if I'm honest, it's actually the Birds singing the song patterned after the text: To everything, turn, turn, turn; There is a season, turn, turn, turn; And a time to every purpose under heaven.
I'm also thinking of Forrest Gump. Do you remember the scene where he was running--for three years, two months, fourteen days and sixteen hours--and all of a sudden he stopped dead in his tracks and said, "I'm pretty tired. I think I'll go home now." And then he narrated, "And just like that, my runnin' days were over."
Six and a half years ago, I went out for a jog. My jog was actually a blog--I had something to say and blogging was the new medium. A couple thousand posts and more than a quarter-of-a-million site visitors later, and without warning really, I recognize it's time to stop.
I still have a lot to say, but I think, for now, there are more fitting outlets for me.
As of March 16, 2012, Interactive Sermon will go silent.
In time I'll map the URL and other internal links over to my writing website, www.darinmichaelshaw.com. I'll host the archives there for occasional strolls down memory lane.
My dear friend Germaine used to tease me, "Your blog is huge!" Germaine knows, too. She has done a lot of work behind the scenes for me over the years, archiving, linking and mapping. As I'm hearing that Yard Birds tune in my head, I'm reminded how thankful I am for friends like Germaine, and Mike, and my nephew Jimmy, who all took numerous calls from me, sometimes at ridiculous hours, about how to code this or fix that.
Interactive Sermon has been huge in more than content or size. It's been huge in that we've shared a lot of laughs and tears over the years. It's been huge in that it germinated and generated some great conversation in the real world. It's been huge in that you have shared this part of the journey with me. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart--THANK YOU!
It's a new season... and a time to every purpose under heaven. Blessings and warm regards!