Farewell (almost), Third Church Friends!
The first edition of Z-Notes was dated June 4, 2020. A lot of water has flowed over High Falls since them. And here is my latest and last offering. I have enjoyed sharing serious and lighter matters of faith and life in this sort-of blog. In the absence of face-to-face chats, I hope that you have gotten at least a little more acquainted with me as my mind has wandered and my keyboard recorded my thoughts. In a year when we have been landslided with wordy communications, I am grateful for the many of you who have paid attention to these e-pages.
We’ve all learned a lot this past year; and I as much as anyone. However we characterize this pandemic period—interesting, challenging, disrupting, deadly, awful!!—I am grateful that I have had a place to live and learn and serve in and through it. I could list a litany of regrets, but that would do no good. Here’s the greatest one: You have only witnessed a virtual version of my love for worship, leading worship, and singing! By all accounts, Third Church loves to sing and I have missed the opportunity of singing with you all. Alas, life goes on…and you all and I will keep making music…separately.
As I shoot out the door, I want to cover you all with a blanket of thanks for the kind words, cards, and gifts I received over the last little while. Many of you have asked about what’s next for me. Immediately, I will spend a month at home in Ohio. I haven’t inhabited my homestead for that length of time in four years. I have a lot of around-the-house tasks to accomplish. And my gardens will be growing. I hope to have an assignment by July 1, but as we say, God only knows where that will be. Two (at least) significant family events will occur this summer: my youngest daughter, Lydia, will be completing her certified nurse practitioner program at the University of Arizona in August…the same day that my oldest daughter is due to give birth to Grandbuddy #2. Enough to keep us busy for a bit.
So…So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodnight; Adieu, to you and you and you. Well, after one more Sunday. See you in church!