“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
If any year, 2020 has been the one to feel the weariness of a broken world upon our shoulders. It’s challenging to find inspiration to keep moving forward. God continues to point me directly to the biggest blessings around me for guidance, encouragement, and inspiration. I am blessed to have a team that knows my flaws, encourages me to do better, and forgives me when I just plain mess up.
There is one meek but wise individual from this amazing staff of women (and one brave man) that fills my heart and mind these days with thoughts of gratitude and love. Molly Seeley, our Treasures Associate, will be retiring at the end of this month after over 30 years of service!
I first met Molly six years ago when I started at Bridgehaven. Molly was attentive, kind, helpful, supportive, and adaptable from the moment we met. The deep respect I felt for this woman was immediate and it was reciprocated. Since coming to Bridgehaven, I have witnessed a legacy of beautiful blessings Molly will be leaving us when she retires.
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:25-26
Molly’s love runs deep in the genuine relationships she’s formed with countless volunteers and staff. EVERYONE who knows Molly revels at her ability to love in significant ways. She continues to stay connected with past volunteers and new volunteers, leaving a mark of grace and love that all truly cherish.
Molly’s commitment to the ministry is unfailing. I have learned from Molly that peace was the driver that gave her ability to commit to this assignment for such a long time. She knows Who’s ultimately in charge and doesn’t get caught up in the minor details. She speaks up when necessary, providing thoughtful and important points for consideration while always staying committed to the mission.
The staff has, countless times, cherished Molly’s display of great faith. Molly is not concerned with inconsequential things; her mind is set on the things above. Her faith through change and challenges is evident to the rest of us. We look to Molly for such wisdom that comes with a strong faith grown through life’s journey. I pray she will return often to share this gift with us.
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:30-31
So how do you release one that has meant so much to so many over the years? I’m not sure, but it is with teary eyes and a full heart I say to our Molly: We love you dearly. You mean so much to us and we cannot thank you enough for all you’ve given to this ministry over the 30+ years you’ve served. I pray you know we release you with love and hope for the journey ahead of you. See you soon, my friend.
With Gratitude and Love,
Chelsey and the Staff & Board of Bridgehaven