In his remarks about me on Sunday in worship, Doug Coe commented on my “excellent command of the English language.” There may have been a handful of times in my ministry when that was the case, but today is not one of them.
The fact is I am at a loss for words to express my feelings about Sunday’s celebration. Overwhelmed is the only word that comes close to expressing my thoughts and emotions. For over twenty years, I have been overwhelmed at the outpouring of care and support that you have expressed for me, and once again on Sunday I was overwhelmed by your outpouring of love.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure what shape I would be in headed into Sunday. I was coming off of a stay in the hospital, and I was being treated all last week for a slight infection which left me tired and exhausted. I was so thankful for the opportunity to worship with you, and, thanks to a sturdy stool, I was thankful for the chance to preach one more time. I ended up spending Sunday afternoon and most of Monday recuperating, but I can assure you that whatever energy I used for Sunday morning was well worth it! I am so glad I was able to share in the festivities!
There are so many, many people whom I want to thank for making the day possible, and I apologize in advance if I leave any one or any group off of the list. I’m grateful for the Personnel Committee and for their hard work in organizing the day; for the amazing staff with whom I had the privilege to work and for everyone who put in such an effort for the morning; for the numbers of volunteers who swept in after the celebration to prepare the campus for Vacation Bible School that afternoon; for Lyndsay Slocum, Penny Hill, Bill Powell, Doug Coe, Nancy Turner, and Emily Wright for the kind words they had to say; for my family who made the weekend so very special; and for each of you who made the day so very, very extraordinary.
I am so thankful for the over twenty years I was privileged to serve with you, and I’m grateful to God for all of the work that was done in and through the Roswell Presbyterian Church in those years. I have been blessed to have shared in that ministry with you.
I started a brand new medicine on Monday which has just been approved by the FDA. It has shown very promising results for my type of cancer with very few side effects. One significant impact of this new medicine is that it means I won’t be on IV chemotherapy with all of its debilitating effects. I’m praying that this medicine will have good results in my treatment, and that I’ll be able to spend the summer rebuilding my strength and my stamina!
So… on we go. Headed into the summer but still basking in the glow of Sunday.
I wish Doug were right, and I had some clever turn of phrase to express my feelings. But for now… this will have to do. With thanks to God and to each of you, I’m overwhelmed!