I want to offer a word of thanks today for all those who have supported and guided and taught and challenged me. I know that I would not be who I am–or where I am–today if it were not for the presence and the love of countless people in numerous places around God’s good earth. And so I give thanks for those I have met in California, Colorado, North Carolina, Uruguay, New Mexico, Buenos Aires, Chicago, New York, Ohio, Colombia, Alabama, Texas, Georgia, Washington, Michigan, Kentucky, and, most recently, Bolivia.
I hope that today you have had at least a small experience of joy, and that you know yourself to be loved. I was blessed to share in fun, food, and fellowship with some other U.S. mission workers I’ve met here, and their friends and families. We even had a time of hymn-singing which helped me feel close to my family far away, since the first verse of “For the Beauty of the Earth” is the Henken family mealtime prayer. I have so much to be thankful for, but this sums it up well.
For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.