Leach. Lathrop. Leary. Nowinski. Hart. Chamblin.
Miriam (our office manager) recently found a small collection of “newcomer” cards and these were the names that were on them. It’s interesting to think that these folks, who are now so familiar to so many of us, were once newcomers. (And if you are not familiar with them, let me assure you these are some of the best people you could ever know.)
I simply cannot imagine St. Matts without these folks (and many others just like them.) We would not be where we are without them. God has greatly blessed us, to be sure. But he has often chosen to share that blessing through people like these. And I’d like to think they’ve been just as blessed by St. Matt’s as St. Matt’s has been blessed by them.
Thinking about that, I find myself tremendously excited about who will join us at St. Matthew’s in the years to come. I think of people who are longing to make a bigger difference, have a greater impact, than they are having now, and of giving them an opportunity to do just that. I think of the difference itself that they will make, and of what an impact that will have on so many other lives. I think of the difference we'll make in their lives and family as together we find some of the deepest joys life has to offer.
All this makes me realize anew how important it is that we who are currently at St. Matt’s continue to invite new folks to join us. I realize anew how essential it is that we warmly welcome all those who walk through our doors. I look forward to meeting these good people who will help ensure the goodness of the years to come, and I hope you do too.