Tonight, our church honored and blessed us in so many ways. Reading through cards and thinking back through comments from tonight’s “Pastor Appreciation,” Vanessa and I are overwhelmed by the kindness ABC has shown us. Our emotions tonight are compounded by three and a half years worth of seeing the hand of God move mightily in the lives of individuals, families, and our community that we love so much. In the faces of our church family we often see the hardships, struggles, joys, and victories we’ve been able to walk through together with you. In so many lives, we’ve seen pain turn to joy, defeat turn to victory, and failure turn to renewed purpose. And God will receive all of the glory for it. We feel like He has blessed us beyond what we will ever deserve by placing us in this church and the Lovelady community “for such a time as this.”
So in addition to “Pastor Appreciation” tonight, I’d like to offer a “Congregation Appreciation” as well. ABC is a church family like no other. You love on our little family as your own. You praise my wife and support my boys. You are patient with me–forgiving, generous, and expectant. I thank God tonight that I can type this with sincerity in my heart, and no reservation in my words: There is no place I’d rather be than right here, right now. There is no church I would be more honored to serve and lead than ABC Lovelady, TX. There is no community in which I’d rather my children grow up. There is no group of believers with whom I’d rather do life together.
In case I haven’t told you lately, I love you. And I appreciate you, too.