Almost a week after the New Year, I sit and consider what lies ahead. In 2016, will the Lord keep me here in West Tennessee, will He move me again to some remote place across the globe? Where will I live? What type of ministry position will He provide? Let me stop here and say, YES, I am not in this alone and even though I use “I” a lot in my posts, my dear wife is indeed in this with me. We face many of the same uncertainties right now.
Dawn and I recently graduated from Union University with our bachelors degrees. After a 30 year pause, we both “walked” the stage to receive our diplomas from Dr. Dub Oliver, the new UU president (and great guy, by the way). It was a surreal moment for us. See the photo gallery below to experience a small bit of the occasion with us. We came out of this experience with a new appreciation for Union and the adult education side of things. We met lots of wonderful students, administrators, professors, and support personnel. All the hard work, hours of study, presentations, service projects, CLEP tests, and CAEL portfolio submissions led to a new day. Life at 55 as a UU college grad. Once again I stare into the gray future of possibilities.
I am thankful that I do not walk into the future alone. I have a faithful wife, wonderful children, Christian friends, and a Heavenly Father who has my best interests in mind. So, on those days when I feel overwhelmed by the questions of life, I hope that I will have the presence of mind to hold on to His peace and hope and love. Let me leave you with a couple of scriptures that I hope will be a comfort to us all, they are the words of Jesus too, by the way: