As I left Sackville, somewhere around Memramcook a large black bear lumbered across the road right in front of us. I wonder if she heard me clicking my stones together, Saturday morning. At any rate, she gave me cause to send my mind back, not just over the last four days, but over the last year, and appreciate how this year of moving widely amongst you has opened me to pay attention to what the Spirit is saying, through your congregations, your committees, your ministries.
I am deeply grateful for the grace that moved through our annual meeting, and all the ways your encouragements and creativity and holy manners moved us through the work before us, with the sense that we are in this together. And I am sure glad I was up there with David and Jennifer. It takes at least three minds to think of (almost) everything, and at least three pairs of eyes to see through those blankety-blank lights.
I have no idea how many hundreds of hours of behind-the-scenes work have gone into pulling off this weekend. Or how much heart and brain and soul you have have poured into your work and witness, that we catch only a glimpse of in the reports and presentations. I am so proud to be associated with all of you close followers of Jesus.
Thank you to Phillip Griffin-Allwood, who didn’t want my last blog entry to be picture-less, and sent a couple he had taken on his phone.
And like mother-bear, my presidency has safely crossed the busy highway, and dissappeared into the New Brunswick Woods.
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