I grew up watching the King of the Cowboys, Roy Rogers, on the new invention, television. Roy and his wife, Dale, were good people with wholesome values who lived by the golden rule in a make believe world of both horses and automobiles, of good guys and bad guys, with the good guys always prevailing in the end. At the end of each episode, Roy and Dale sang, “Happy Trails To You, Until We Meet Again.” I loved the show and the song.
At the end of all life’s episodes, we need to say something memorable and comforting, the way Apostle Paul closed his letter to the Romans. Chapter 16 is a list of 27 personal greetings and best wishes to Christians. Then he ends the letter in Romans 16:25-27: “Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him—to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.” What a great tribute to God and the Christians in Rome.
I’m nearly through with my time as your pulpit minister. As I retire I would like to end with such final words. Something like, “Now to him who is able to establish you by the gospel I’ve preached to you and to which you have obeyed, to God be the glory through Jesus Christ. And happy trails to you, until we meet again.”