Praise the Lord! I could not be more grateful. I believe that Bishop Foley has the kind of heart that God is looking for in a leader, one whom He can trust with His gifts and blessing.
I am reminded of 2 Chron 16:9: For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show his might in behalf of those whose heart is blameless toward him. The context of this verse is King Asa’s failure to seek the Lord in a time of crisis, but rather to take things into his own hands with disastrous results. The Lord sends the prophet Hanani to rebuke Asa, saying, “Didn’t you know that God is looking for men with the kind of hearts He can empower.?” In this context, “blameless” simply means a humble heart that seeks the Lord rather than relying on his own gifts and capacities. I know we have all seen this kind of heart in Bishop Foley.
Let us intensify our prayer for Bishop Foley and for our beloved Church. No doubt there were disappointments in this decision. We must pray that there will be no root of bitterness anywhere.
Bishop Foley will continue to be our Bishop. He will not move to Pittsburgh. The provincial office will simply move to Loganville, GA. That’s how it works. Loganville is a perfect place, really. Easily accessible through Atlanta (we sort of). Their present facilities are more than adequate. I expect he will need an assistant or two to help him run both the Diocese of the South and the Province. We may not see as much of him as before, sadly, but he will still be our bishop.