To the servant leaders of this Conference:
I see you.
I see your service.
I see your sacrifice.
I see the faithful ways you lead
even when you’re tired
I see the ways you innovate and create
the ways you overcome obstacles
sometimes utilizing nothing but ingenuity and grit
thinking of those who will be blessed
and the ways they will be unserved
if you don’t find a solution
I see the ways you have led through this pandemic
without any roadmaps or blueprints
without any assurance of when it will end
without any of the standard accoutrements of days past
without any guarantee that your efforts would be recognized.
I see the way you press through the disappointments
of a never-ending quadrennium
of expertly laid plans that are undone in an instant
of re-entry dates that came and went without re-entering
of life’s interruptions that will not be kept at bay or forestalled
During Clergy Appreciation Month
I love you
I thank God for you
I recognize your tremendous service
I pray for your strength and endurance
I encourage you to take good care of yourselves