It’s soooo good to be back home! If you read the posts from last week, you know that we were in NC last week. We spent a lot of time in Greenville, NC, where we’ll be moving next year to start a new network of microchurches. It was a long week, but a totally cool week. My wife and I totally felt at home as we drove around the city looking at neighborhoods, checking out where the local hot spots were, and hanging out with people. We drove back on Friday evening, and then started what was a long, exhausting (but totally rewarding weekend).
On Saturday, I performed the wedding of our friends Ricky and Shelby. Their road to their wedding day was one that would have split most couples. But they made it, and their ceremony was small, intimate, beautiful, and one of (if not the) most joyful ceremonies I’ve had the honor of performing. A CPA in Shelby’s office let them use their house (which was beyond description awesome). It was amazing. And their son, Mason, was a handsome little devil in his little tux! It was a totally cool beginning to their new life together.
We went straight from the wedding to hang out with some friends who’ve been going through some struggles. It was cool to see that they’ve been wrestling to make things work, and we left there feeling relief and hope that they would continue to stay on that path.
On Sunday morning, I had to preach at a church that’s going through a major transition. I know the reasons for the transition. They’re difficult, and I felt weird preaching what I did, but I’m totally confident that this church is ready to move forward, to wrestle through this tough time, and continue to strive to be the church God has called them to be.
I’m tired. I’m mentally worn thin (yesterday wasn’t a good day at the office, but today will be better). But totally amazed at the grace and mercy of God.