As the twirling and tilting of my recent vertigo episode recedes, I am glad to be once again enjoying worship, Bible study, interesting books, and good conversation at RHUMC. Apparently there is no preventative routine for sudden inner ear-related imbalance issues, so I can’t tell you how to avoid such a crisis, but it’s very clear to me that no one who has had it would recommend it as an enjoyable experience. I was far from home when the spinning commenced, and I remain grateful for the kindness, care, and assistance that came my way as I journeyed back to the comfort of my own apartment and the reassurance of familiar routines.
Meanwhile, the twirling and tilting that comes along with experiencing a major life event is amplifying, not receding! There is much to consider and contemplate as Bob and I move toward marriage; also, of course, much joy and continuing astonishment. By way of keeping our wonderful church family appraised, I share the following.
Bob and I have decided our wedding needs to take place at my parents’ home in San Diego so that my father can be present. We will gather with our daughters, siblings, and various significant others on Thursday, December 27, for the ceremony. Jonathan will preside.
In order that we can mark the occasion with all of you, we are planning that on December 30, the last Sunday of the year, we will include a prayer of blessing for the marriage, along with some level of festivity, at each of the three worship services. Jan Johnson and Doug Kemps have kindly stepped forward to volunteer coordination of food and decor. We look forward to sharing a toast (non-alcoholic, of course) and suitable taste treat after each morning service. In the evening, Taco Night (6:30 pm) will be enhanced and transformed into a wedding reception.
Of course we understand that the prevalence of travel and holiday gatherings will mean that not everyone will be available to celebrate with us on December 30, but we have already felt your love and support in significant ways and we deeply appreciate your good will. Our whole community is now entering the season of the year defined by gratitude and generous love, and I pray it will bring hope and encouragement to us all.