I wasn’t sure how I would begin to approach that consideration since we all like Del’Shawn and have enjoyed his presence with Sacred Heart, though always aware too that he would not be with us forever and would move on to greater things, given his immense talent.
I called Del’Shawn and asked to meet with him, told him of our situation/dilemma, and he was relieved and took it to be a matter of Providence. He was wanting to leave (the reasons too many to list, but all very positive in every respect). He had opportunities too, and knew he would be away in August one weekend, the month of October, and would not be around during Christmas. Yikes!
The upshot from our conversation is obvious. All were happy, the problem I thought I had to ask him to step down was not really a problem. He was pleased, saw it even as “the hand of God”, and all is well. Long explanation, but it is always good to be very transparent about such things, when the reason for a change allows us to share details.
So, at the Annual Sacred Heart Choir party at Nancy Olson’s, we made it a celebration to bid farewell and Godspeed to Del’Shawn in his future endeavors, and welcome to Emily (Abe), introducing her (and her fiancé) to the Sacred Heart choir members. All is good!
God watches out for His people in ways we often do not expect, even when we are faced with difficult administrative matters. Keep the Faith!