Monday, May 02, 2011

May 1: Anniversary Day

Yesterday was my anniversary here at the church. Six years! It hardly seems possible that I have been here that long. I love this church with all my heart. To me, this is what church was intended to be: a place of encouragement and mutual support as we journey together arm-in-arm.

This is truly my family. I love our ministry team! And I actually look forward to elders' meetings! Man, do I love these guys!

As I said yesterday, I hope I am about 1/4th through my time here as preaching minister.

On another note, I found out yesterday that May 1 is also our secretary's anniversary date. She has been serving this church for 14 years. Congratulations, Joy!

I watched with rapt attention last night as the news about Osama Bin Laden was coming down. I have read stories about Navy SEALS, and am amazed at the effectiveness of these guys. They must be the equivalent of David's "mighty men."

I do have mixed feelings about the celebration of this event. As I watched this morning, drunk college students slurred the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" on national TV (I had to listen closely to figure out that is what they were singing). Others shouted, "Nah-nah, hey, hey, goodbye." I can only imagine the reception as these videos are shown in Arabic countries throughout the world.

It seems that our interests would be better served by being matter-of-fact about this incident, as we express a confident resolve in letting terrorists know that they can expect the same. But it is not something to be celebrated like VJ Day in 1945. That is just my opinion.


Kristen said...

Congratulations on your anniversary at the church. I continue to appreciate how loving your church is, and how willing your congregation is to reach out to others. I'm sure your leadership has a lot to do with that. As for the events of last night, I am glad I am not the only one troubled by the response. I kept receiving texts and seeing Facebook posts from friends who were "happy" that Bin Laden was dead. I didn't really feel that way. I even woke my kids up early this morning to talk to them about it, and to make sure they didn't get caught up in the worldly reaction. I'm really clinging to Romans 12: 2 lately!

Jeff said...

I'm thankful for the six years you and Beverly have been in Decatur. It has been a blessing.

I thought it was good that y'all color coordinated yesterday too.

I saw a post on Facebook today that I really liked. Our peace should not come from the absence of a terrorist but the presence of God.

I am saddened by the displays I have seen on TV and the talk of "rejoicing" in his death.