Our Associate Pastor, Rev. Olivia Updegrove, gave the best sermon today on "What matters most." She touched on too many great points to recall or reiterate, but she got me thinking... (who me... thinking?)
Somehow, you (the person reading this) and we, the Ringgold clan, found each other. However that initially happened, here we both still are. Together. We matter to each other. You matter to us. We matter to you. Otherwise, we wouldn't have a blog, and / or you wouldn't take the time to read it.
That alone is special.
In this world where 24 hours of video are uploaded to You Tube EVERY MINUTE... where there are over 150 MILLION blogs in existence...
We are here.
This isn't virtual. The emotions I feel when I read a supportive (or mean) comment aren't virtual, they're real. When this blog was a carepages blog in its early days, Angelique and I read the comments EVERY SINGLE NIGHT before going to bed. Those comments are what gave us the spiritual strength to be the best parents we could for Bella and Ali when we arose the next day, and the best husband and wife to each other as well. That's why they are included in Bella's Blessings: a Humble Story of Providence, because they were every bit the reason we rose to the occasion the way we did. It's a mutually beneficial circle of nurture.
You matter to us.
Thank you for being here with us in our life. Our life is better because of you.
Here is the duet I had the honor of playing with our Music Director, Dean Erick, today during the offertory. It's by a pianist named Kevin Kern. I love being exposed to new music, and I figure, since it's so easy to share a YouTube video on here, I'll do it more often!
Thank you for mattering.
To your family.
To your friends.