The past seven days have been full of change—a tearful goodbye to a guy who had become very special to me this past year, a bittersweet farewell to my work family, a sorrowful goodbye to my wonderful neighbors. I moved out of my condo and left the city that had been my home for thirteen years. I’m back in my hometown; and all of my worldly goods, which aren’t much after the moving sale, are spread among three places. I’m feeling a bit displaced, but it feels good to be back home, to be back in my old bedroom.
The year has flown by quickly, and I can’t believe that in two months I’ll be on the plane to Cape Town. On Monday, I leave for three weeks of training in Colorado. I don’t really know what to expect, but I’m looking forward to it. I just hope I don’t get snowed in.
All year, I have been trying to cultivate a practice of expressing gratitude; and since today is Thanksgiving, I think it is the perfect opportunity to reflect on and to list the people, places, and things that played a significant role in my life this year, for which I am most grateful.
- My sending committee
- My work family at The Upper Room for the past 13 years
- Trevor, Estelle, Michael—my new work family at Growing the Church
- Joey, my puppy nephew
- Family holiday in North Carolina
- My dad, brothers, and Ray, my neighbor, who moved me out on Monday
- My friend Gina who served as a calm presence and voice of reason
- My BFF, Anna, who was there for me doing some very tough times
- St. George’s, my church family
- My sister Brittany, my constant companion
- Mom, who spent several days with me, helping me to sort, pack, and clean
- God, who has provided beyond measure for me
- The people who hosted support raising events for me
- My donors and prayer partners
- The churches that invited me to speak and to share my story
- My friends who reminded me to laugh and play
- My friends Cathy, Ralph, and Aileen who brought a bit of Cape Town to Nashville
This is not a complete list, and I have probably left out some important people and things; but I hope you’ll appreciate the spirit of my attempt to express gratitude.
At this point in my journey, I’m reminded of this Dag Hammarskjöld quote: “For all that has been — Thanks. For all that shall be — Yes.”