“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”– C.S. Lewis
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”—Jesus
The holidays have made me think of my friends—to long for some far away, to rejoice in the presence of others nearby. This Christmas I have been caught up in the excitement of a new church—learning their needs and desires, embracing their traditions and services of Christmas, enjoying the love and energy that they have brought into my life.
At the same time, my mind and heart are also with the congregation that I just left. They await their interim pastor and carry on with the love and dedication I had always known them to embody. Many in the congregation sent cards and gifts and well-wishes during the holiday reminding me of their kindness and friendship and I have felt the tugging pull of love for them as well.
We have all sojourned together. A journey I look back on with a deep happiness and a journey I look forward to with joyous expectation.
In the spirit of looking back and looking forward, I am putting on my blog this morning the video of my last sermon at Zion UCC: “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”. It was a day that I will never forget and watching the video again took me back to that moment with a clarity of emotion and joy that I thought I had lost in the chaos of starting a new life in a new place.
Thank you to all friends—past, present, and future.