I have noticed something over the last few years of my life. It all started with a hip replacement from a college sports injury. I’m dying. My body is failing. The doctor told me I need to get my stress under control or I’m going to keel over with a heart attack someday. I have realized that I probably, well almost certainly, have less life to live than I have already lived.
I have a Keurig coffee maker in my office. I like it for 2 major reasons; It’s extremely convenient and I can have several varieties of hot drinks for anyone who comes to my office. Whatever I’m in the mood for that day, as long as I have the K-Cup, I’m good to go. Do you want regular coffee? I’ve got it. Want tea? I’ve got it. Want a flavored coffee? I’ve got it. And it’s all yours in 2 minutes or less. (now imagine Tim Allen doing his man grunt from Home Improvement)
Well, the day finally came. Helene and I are now officially “empty nesters.” Our youngest graduated from college and has packed up and moved to another state. She isn’t coming back at the end of the semester like every time before. This time, she packed up her room. Posters gone, clothes gone, mementos gone, 6 bags of trash were added to our garbage can!
It’s hard to believe, but I have been preaching here at Rochester for 25 years. They gave me a wonderful celebration back in May to honor that anniversary. It was a great day down memory lane with friends and family both physical and spiritual.
It got me to thinking about what I have learned over my time here. Since this was my first pulpit work, I have learned a lot of lessons. All good lessons, but some the hard way!