Monday, April 16, 2012

the bish

They released ld yesterday. Me, too. A bit bittersweet but time to move on. As Ld and I have rotated in and out of callings through the years it’s become pretty obvious: it’s all been a privilege. The people, the lessons learned, the self-discovery, the problem solving, the miracles, it’s all been such an important part of our spiritual growth.

And for all our thinking that our service is such a sacrifice, in time and commitment and in, well, pain-in-the-buttness, the years have taught us that we can never put the Lord in our debt. Nope, not even come close. You always hope that in your callings or assignments you make a difference or you touch or really help someone, but the truth is service is really for the person giving it. It shapes and molds us more than it does the person on the receiving end, I think.

From where I sat in the audience yesterday I had a pretty good view of ld and when the Stake President released him from the pulpit, I saw a tear or two fall from his cheeks. He has grown and given so much. Ld you really are such a good, good man with a tender and committed heart. Well done, Bishop Lance. Well done.

So, a few tears were shed yesterday by both of us and now we look ahead. Don’t know where will land as far as new callings or opportunities but it doesn’t matter much, does it? All callings are the same in that the Lord just asks for a faithful heart and a willingness to just show up.

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