I am thankful that the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church provides this opportunity. I am thankful for the people of Tate UMC who paid for my travel. I am even more thankful for the prayers and the well wishes of the people of Tate, my facebook friends, and others. This outpouring of love you have shown is both touching and a bit overwhelming.
It occurs to me, that maybe what I am most thankful for is the miracle of the Internet. Why? Because it allows the opportunity to take you along on this adventure. It reminds me of an old Steven Curtis Chapman song:
"Saddle up your horses we've got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God's amazing grace
Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other - this is The Great Adventure
Come on get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long faced religion in a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for
We'll travel over, over mountains so high
We'll go through valleys below
Still through it all we'll find that
This is the greatest journey that the human heart will ever see
The love of God will take us far beyond our wildest dreams
Yeah... oh saddle up your horses... come on get ready to ride"
You ready to ride?