We sent a young man from our beloved church family out into the world this weekend with a passage rite befitting royalty. It was held in a spacious poolside gazebo in the back yard of his parent’s lovely estate, and the feast was prepared by two amateur gourmet chefs who missed their calling who just happened to be his mom and dad. As the evening of gaiety and lively discourse drew to a close the young man’s mother arose to give him some godly motherly advice in his new venture—a gap year college program in the north woods of Wisconsin that sounded really exciting. She then asked anyone else who felt so moved to share with him whatever was on their heart with words of encouragement and advice. Several older folks, all of whom had known him from childhood, now spoke to him as a man in a profoundly moving farewell, offering God’s blessing in their own words. It was like he had a dozen parents in the room who all loved him dearly. Lord, grant that that moment might be indelibly engraved in his grey matter as he ventures into this fallen world. It surely is in mine, and I pray that by God’s amazing grace he will always be able to proclaim with me: I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God.

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).

See you in church.

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