Senator John McCain
“I have often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I have loved my life, all of it. I have had experiences, adventures and friendships enough for ten satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life, in good or bad times, for the best day of anyone else’s.”
I once attended a conference in which a participant shared that his goal in life was to die grateful. Sen. McCain was able to do that. I just finished reading a book by Diana Butler Bass entitled Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks. I appreciate how she honestly acknowledges her struggle to cultivate a life characterized by gratitude. It is both a gift as well as something we have to work to be open to – especially when life is hard.
But maybe I can begin by giving thanks not only for Cyndi and my family, but for the people of St. David’s. When I think of all the time, effort and money supporting this church and its ministries, I am filled with gratitude. The altar guild faithfully preparing our worship space for each Sunday; members of the property committee cleaning out the garage on one of those blazing hot days this summer as well as donating hours and hours of construction work and building maintenance; those planning our stewardship campaign; those running around getting car seats for foster children or purchasing backpacks and school supplies; a vestry overseeing the church business and finances and doing the hard work of discerning how we best more forward (and keeping the rector in line); those who quietly provide refreshments each Sunday for coffee hour and all who assist with worship; and all the work everyone is doing in getting ready for our big craft fair. And most of all, the support and care people offer not only each other but those in need outside of the church. Needless to say, I could keep on going!
Thank you for all you do!