31, Christmas Parties and Grace

Last week I turned 31! It was such a great experience. I got to spend the Saturday before my actual birthday (12/11/1980) with my brothers and some of my dear friends. I know that I am a blessed man each time I look around me and see such dear folks with whom I share this crazy journey called life. I had so many people who took the time to post well wishes on my facebook page, call me, text or tweet! I know that it doesn't seem like much, but each person who contacted me reminded me that I am loved, known and here. I thank each person who thought enough of me to write. I love my life and I love my people.

Tonight I got the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with my new colleagues at Christ United Methodist Church in Hickory, NC. The coolest thing is that on this team are folks whom I love deeply and respect. I love that I am able to share the hope of Christ with folks who share the call and mission to share that hope with those who do not yet belong. Thursday marked my first official day as a member of the team in the capacity of Celebrate Recovery Pastor. I am excited about all that God has in store for that very important ministry.

When I survey my life, the evidence of God's grace is ever present. From the relationships to the opportunities that God continues to allow this scrub and effed up dude to take part. I am a blessed man and I can only hope that the next thirty-one years are as incredible as the first. At this moment, the love of my life an my biggest fan sleeps. She is, without a doubt, the greatest treasure and gift for me. It is incredible to have a person who you know, through good, bad, ugly and other, will have your back! I love my wife. I am thankful for my wife.

Father, in my life, have your way and use me to bring hope to those who are without it. Justice to the maligned, and joy to the downcast.

Merry Christmas!

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