In the words of M. Scott Peck in The Road Less Traveled, life is difficult. Not always, but regularly. There are many surprises along the way, both pleasant and unpleasant, but it is almost impossible to predict all of the twists and turns. Jan and I did not expect to spend the later of our years dealing with Parkinson’s Disease, but we weren’t consulted – it just came to be something that we have to deal with. And neither of us expected that we would be part of a small, but wonderful congregation that often defies categorization, but that is where we have found ourselves over most of the past two decades. You have been wonderful fellow travelers along the way, as each of us navigates the ups and downs that we have encountered, both as individuals and as part of the larger Denver community. Thank you for your openness to new opportunities for service, new approaches to worship, and new structures for community. I have been richly blessed by both the paid and unpaid servants within the God’s Grace community and have consistently experienced the kind of unconditional acceptance that grows out of God’s unconditional love for each of us.
I don’t know where God will lead me, or each of us in the coming months, but I am confident that God’s love will continue to surround each of us, and that we have all been equipped to share that love with whoever we encounter along our different paths, through both difficult and happy times. I pray that we will all continue to be open to finding both opportunities to experience God’s love, and to share that love with our neighbors. Thank you for being my neighbors along the way!
Thank you for your love for us, love that will not let us go. Thank you for giving us a genuine experience that nothing can separate us from your love. Help us to continue to share that love with each other, and with all those we encounter along the way.