Simon Says: Break a leg, Good luck and God Bless
The skiing season ended abruptly for me this year when I fell and broke my ankle. Since then, I have been hobbling around on crutches, trying to fulfill my duties as a pastor (and family father). It has not been an easy task, but I have managed because of the great support and patience I have met! Thanks! It is not until a part of your body is out of play that you realize how much we use and need it.
The apostle Paul did not go skiing, but he knew about the importance of all the body parts - one part cannot do without the other: “The body does not consist of one member but of many.” (1. Cor. 12,14). And then, he continues with examples of how the foot cannot function without the hand and the eye without the ear. Paul is writing to the congregation in Corinth in Greece, underlining the importance of teamwork as a church!
For me, in breaking a leg, I experienced the value of teamwork in our congregation and the need for it. Being knocked out for several weeks and unable to attend church services, church events and social gatherings, I realized the value of our fellowship. It is easy to take the fellowship for granted - but we cannot do that because it doesn't take much to put a part of the body out of play.
June 25 will be my last service as pastor of the Danish Church of Toronto. After more than four fantastic years in Toronto, it's time for me and my family to head back to Denmark. My deepest wish for the fellowship in and around the Danish Church of Toronto is that you focus on keeping your fellowship vital and whole - like a healthy body and without (too many) broken legs.
The word I have heard the most over the last weeks has been “Break a leg” - an ironic way of saying Good luck. The sayings come from the world of theatre, where they believe when you wish that a performance should go wrong (as with a broken leg), the opposite will happen: You will have luck and perform well!
I will say the same to you: “Break a leg!” Good Luck - and God Bless you all. Take care of our church and community so Toronto has a Danish church and cultural centre for future generations. Thank you for many hyggelige and extraordinary moments, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the fellowship, friendships and talks over the years. Toronto and Canada will always be a part of me and us.
I hope we meet before we move, either at the Bazaar on May 13, Constitution Day on June 4, Skt. Hans, on June 25 - or on one of the coming Sunday Services!
Blessings, Pastor Simon