The homecoming celebration and installation were even more incredible than I imagined. At a couple of points, which you may have noticed, I found myself moved beyond being able to pick “right words.” But then – does not the Holy Spirit always place the right words in our hearts and ears? The trouble with trying to say thank you in writing to everyone is that folks are always unintentionally left out. Then, of course, great and unanticipated blessings continued to pop up. Thanks to Alexis and a great team of volunteers who simply made it all run smoothly. Special gratitude to Rowe for child care, Noree Barber for great food, greeters Earline Douglas, Holly Baugh, and everyone else who jumped in to help; to “Jarv” and Cameron for the rendition of “Long and Winding Road,” to all my wonderful colleagues and friends from other churches. It was incredible to look out on a packed sanctuary and to feel the presence of so many – including my son and daughter-in-law.
To everyone who spoke and prayed, I was so moved by what you offered. I did not expect gifts, because your love and companionship are the greatest gifts of all. That said, I treasure the sweet cross, the framed “LOVE” picture, and your thoughtful gift card. I also have mini desktop labyrinth to “walk;” a gift from College Heights Church. I am a very fortunate pastor.