Dear Grace Family,
I’m sitting here with writer’s block unable to come up with anything new or inspiring for y’all on a Thursday. Having a holiday during the week has thrown my rhythms off in a bad way. I also think the heat has gotten to me and sapped all my energy and vitality away from me. Ha! So, what should one write about when there’s no obvious inspiration? I’m going to go with simply communicating thankfulness and thanksgiving. I am thankful for the faces I see on Sundays and Wednesdays. I am thankful for the deacons who aren’t on duty, but stay late to help the one who is on duty. I am thankful for the college students that we have to constantly kick out of the sanctuary because they don’t want to leave. I’m thankful for the smallest ones among us who are toddling around here, making their poor mom and dad chase them in a way they haven’t had to do previously. I’m thankful for Annie’s servant heart and smiling face as she serves up the best church food in Mississippi. I’m thankful for the faithful few that continue to sing in the summer choir, knowing that their voices will stand out more with few than when the loft is full. I am thankful for the Ruling Elders who are unassumingly checking on old faces and welcoming in the new. Summertime is hard around here in the sense that the youthful energy leaves us for a few months. We are left trying to fill the worship space with the same volume and gusto as if they haven’t left. But it’s an annual phenomenon that gives us the needed reminder of who our family is at Grace and how much they mean to us. I hope you’ve been able to be thankful for each other this summer. I know I have. See y’all Sunday.