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Letter From Laura- October 2019

by Rev. Dr. Laura Reason on November 01, 2019

I am thankful for so many blessings today.
I am thankful for family and friends.
I am thankful for work to do and the strength to do it.
I am thankful for the beautiful colors of fall and the views from Grandview Drive.
I am thankful for inspiring, committed and resourceful colleagues.
I am thankful for being able to visit people and rest in conversation and prayer with them.
I am thankful for my husband’s life and all the interconnections created through our marriage.
I am thankful for my home and my landlord, who is kind and conscientious.
I am thankful for having all that I need.
I am thankful for the new – making new friends, and for new ways of being.
I am thankful my work at UPC is drawing closer to its ending – we have done much together and it is good to see you so ready for whatever lies ahead.
I too am ready for whatever lies ahead.
Being a pastor is a bit like the amazing work of parenting. You have the privilege of walking beside other human beings and sharing the best of yourself, learning and growing together. It can also be consuming and exhausting.
There is a fair amount of dailiness in your life together,
sudden insights, tender moments, much laughter.
I am grateful for this season of growth, stretching,
redevelopment and exploration.
I was thrilled to hear Linda Kelley say a few weeks ago that the church is not the pastor, it’s the members. No truer words were ever said.
UPC is strong. Resilient. Creative and compassionate.
You are stepping up and supporting the ministries you want to have with your time, talents and treasures. It is amazing that for the first time in 11 years we are supporting the operating budget from our giving. I am thankful for your understanding of what it takes to
thrive as God’s good people in this time and place.
Blessings,
Rev. Laura