Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
God's Peace to all from the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina. Chris and I are on our annual pilgrimage to this beautiful place in God's creation. We have been coming here every year since we were married. Our children cut teeth here, took their first steps, splashed in their first waves, fell in love with lighthouses and a special island, Ocracoke. This place is not a location or a destination, but to us, a "part of us" like our heart, ears, eyes. We are always so thankful to be here and leave refreshed and energized.
This year's journey to OBX was unlike any other. On Sunday evening, just outside Rocky Mount, the dashboard lights went crazy, all engine power was lost, and we coasted about ¾ of a mile to the nearest off ramp where we waited two hours for a tow. The next day we discovered that bolts had backed out, gears had shredded, and timing belts had snapped. Three to four days would be lost. We even contemplated returning to Gastonia.
However, late Sunday night we received a call from a parishioner who wanted to help. They wanted to bring us a truck so we could continue on our way. When this occurred Chris and I both recalled our interview process with the people of God at All Saints. One of the questions I always asked during my search process was, "How do you [the specific church] pastorally care for your priest. You can imagine that many parishes didn't really have an answer to this question. In fact, it was shocking that almost no committee could answer the question with any sense of purpose or belief. However, when this question was posed to All Saints the committee's answer was simply, "We love them as one of our own, because they are." Wow, is exactly what Chris & I said to one another then and we are saying it again now, when words were put into loving action.
Chris & I are so fortunate to be with all of you as we continue on this amazing journey with the People of God at All Saints. We will miss not seeing the many faces we have come to love over the past year this Sunday and remember to Love one another as Christ love you.
Blessings & Peace,
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