When I was a young girl one of my absolute favorite songs was My Tribute by Andrea Crouch. The part that got me every time was when he sang in his soulful style, “How can I say thanks for the things you have done for me, things so undeserved yet you gave your life for me, the voices of a million angels could not express my gratitude……. I owe it all to thee!!”
This year is almost over, we are moving our last time to a huge dream office that Hugh and I talked about and dreamed about. I saw it in my head and how pretty all the colors would be and yet I wondered how it could be tangible and real? I wanted lots of light natural and pretty adorned fixtures like jewelry to me. As I move furniture in and see all the colors we talked about I know that none of it is a deserved thing. I have so many many people to thank.
I feel like I can sing that song, How can I say thanks? I have been the recipient of more love than a girl can hold in one lifetime. I have had people show up and show out with God’s love all around them. I have had people forgive me when I am less than my best. I have had people say, “ You can do it, and we are so proud of you. With each I love you and each kind word It propelled me to keep after that dream before me.
It was not a building I was after but a space where love could meet and where people could feel that love when they walked in the door. I dreamed of a place that people wanted to go to, a place where the world felt less heavy and life felt more forgiving. I wanted a space where all the colors and all the people would be able to feel all the light pouring in. And when they felt that light they remembered to pour into each other.
Our year is almost behind us and we are wrapping up the gifts, and finishing all the things left undone. My hope and prayer as we tie up the loose ends of our yesterday and enter into this new season we are grateful for the road that got us here. I am afraid that all the things that we ventured through and struggled at times through were mapped out for us so that we could truly enjoy the gifts before us.
This should be the last love note that appears in my book but it will never be the last note I write to you because as long as I breathe and as long as I live I will be singing in my heart. How can I say thanks for the things you have done for me? My soul knows that all the things that I thought important to make happen at just the right time were not important at all. The thing, the only thing that really matters is the souls of us, the hearts of us and the light in us. I pray that when I think there is anything else I start singing that song again and I am filled with gratitude that wraps it all up in a precious and beautiful package of full joy.
With all of my soul I love you and I thank you!!!!
Ps. Thanks to Grand Bay Construction and my precious friend Jeff Margaretten who is adept at bringing in all the light with the best design!!
Pps. Jeff, thanks for marrying Lisa and helping me relive what it looks like for a couple to really adore each other. And by the way I adore you Lisa and your style is so full of joy.
Ppps. Oh, my sweet family who at times has done without your mom while she chaises the sky because the dreams are up there real high where God and Hugh live.