They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and I believe it. I started working at First Baptist twenty-two years ago, and it only seems like twenty-two days. I blinked, and I’m in my sixties. I’m sure many of you can relate.
The years have been filled with watching and helping your teenagers grow spiritually, physically and emotionally. Most recently, they have been filled with basketball, workouts, personal trainers, fitness classes and meetings and parties of every type imaginable. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know hundreds of people, maybe more; I should’ve kept count. We’ve worked hard, we’ve traveled, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve prayed, and we’ve hugged (but not this year). My church family and the surrounding community have been a blessing to me, and I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything.
As you’ve read and heard, I am retiring at the end of this year. Life moves on, and it’s time for me to spend more time with my family. I will miss interacting with many of you on a daily basis. Don’t worry, though; First Baptist is my church home and always will be. I look forward to the day when we can gather again in worship, and I can give hugs all around. I love and cherish each and every one of you. You will always be in my prayers.
With a grateful heart,