I had a big surprise on Sunday. We were celebrating our Tenth Anniversary as a church, appropriately at 10:00 on 10-10-10. We saw slides of our journey together and all ten of our meeting places.
Ten people shared their stories about God working their lives through Crossroads. Tears were shed, lives were touched.
Then I was surprised when the church presented me with a gift, a card and a check. Whoa! I did not see that coming. The card was signed by nearly everyone in the church. I really like the gift -- a Bible bound in beautiful fine leather. My old NIV was falling apart at the binding. It would have lasted another 3 months before falling apart. The new one is well bound and should last for decades.
More than the gift, I am touched by the thought, the love, the joy.
I am humbled to serve such a loving God who would allow me to serve such gracious people. They are more than gracious. They are fun, kind, and excited about Jesus. "I thank my God every time I remember you..."
To God I am eternally grateful.