A core member of The Dale community, “Ted” has been absent for quite a while, as he’s been recovering from surgery. We’ve been missing him, and his absence is especially felt on Sundays.
Today was the first Sunday service he’s been able to attend in two months, and we were all thrilled to see him, greeting him with hugs and joyful exclamations.
Just as the service was about to begin, a community member said, “I was just sitting in my room, thinking that I might not bother coming to church… And then God grabbed me by the collar, and said ‘You better go- I have a special gift for you!’ So I came, and the special gift is YOU, Ted!”
Then Erinn started the service by saying, “Well, it’s time to begin. Welcome, all you special gifts!”
On this third Sunday of Advent, we light the Joy candle. May you all experience deep joy this week, all you special gifts!