As the weather starts to change, the leaves start to fall, and you begin to hear the sound of the marching band coming your way, something stirs in your heart. Their is just something about the end of a season and the transition of a new way that always gets to me. It always seems to make me feel sentimental for what happened in the past few months and hopeful for what is to come.
For us here in the midwest United States, it is about time for fall and when I think of fall I think of sweatshirts, college football, a great bowl of chili, beautiful weather, perfection. But as I think of the future perfection to come, I cannot help but look back at the summer that was 2012 and all it had to bring.
As many of you know, this past spring I married the love of my life Jenny Tod in Indianapolis, IN on March 10th, 2012. It was the most magical experience of my life. Such an unexplainable feeling to see something you have dreamed of for so many years finally come true. Not to mention the fact that for the rest of my life I get to spend time with my best friend, sharing in the good, the bad, and the ugly. This being said, this was Jenny and I's first summer together and most of all our first summer in Cincinnati. Man was it hot. Record heat killed us in our downtown apartment because of the lack of Central A/C (something you don't appreciate until it is gone). All in all, we had a wonderful summer together downtown just steps away from Street Pops, all the events in OTR, and not to mention Graeter's Ice Cream on Fountain Square.
This was also my first summer at Groesbeck Church as their Pastor of Student Ministries. It was an exciting event filled summer with trips jam packed into the month of July that I almost felt as though I was not home at all (not a good feeling). I went on my first trip to Ichthus, Minot, ND, and Awaken the City. All of these trips giving me the opportunity to get closer with our church family and really begin to feel at home. This summer also gave me the drive to get work done as we have begun in our process of redesigning the church as a whole from the ground up. It is a really exciting, yet scary process as we begin to rethink what God has in store for Groesbeck Church.
This summer being exciting and fun-filled only gives me the sense of hope for the fall. What is in store just around the corner? I will never know for sure what is going to happen next, but what I do know is that the Lord is leading us in the direction we are supposed to go and I am so excited to follow him humbly and serve him with all of my heart. God sure is doing some amazing things in our lives and I am so excited for him to show himself in miraculous ways once again.
till another day,