31 Days of Paying Attention — DAY THIRTY-ONE!!!

We made it! THIRTY-ONE DAYS IN A ROW. My deep thanks for those who have followed along on this daily journey, and my sad farewell to some who said, ‘enough,’ and unsubscribed. I have really enjoyed this year’s challenge and I hope those of you still reading have enjoyed it, too. Here’s the last one:

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Yesterday, we had a party. A really big party. Our church community gathered to celebrate our senior pastor and his wife. They have been with us for eleven good years and yesterday was their last day with us. They’re making a big move, in two parts, to get themselves closer to retirement in a few years. We will miss them very much, but are grateful for their service, commitment, good humor, skill, and love.

A small steering committee gathered to plan this farewell — for which we had only about five weeks notice — and had a grand time figuring out gifts for them that might bring them happy memories of their time with us. We had that photo up there blown up BIG, got a special write-on-able mat for it and then invited everyone to sign it on their way into luncheon and a fun program following our farewell worship service.

We chose this photo because Butterfly Beach became a favorite place for both of them —  especially for Don, who used this glorious spot for his own private swimming hole on a regular basis. They are now heading for work in Minnesota (for him – interim work) and establishing their new, permanent home in North Carolina (for her — a beautiful setting, to be sure . . . but one without a glimpse of the ocean to be found anywhere). 

There were other gifts as well, things we came up with as a group of friends who have tried to pay attention to what moves them, what makes them smile, what brings them a feeling of satisfaction. I hope we paid attention well.

Giving gifts can be a risky thing, you know? We hope we’ve guessed right. But I’ve learned over the years that sometimes that is really tough to do. So money is a fabulous smooth-over-the-unknown-spots kind of gift and we did our best to gather up a bit of that as well. 

Godspeed, Johnsons! We’re grateful for you, we bless you, we send you off with love and thanks.

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Comments

  1. You made it! Congratulations, Diana!
    I’ve enjoyed this series so much, only missing a few installments when we were on vacation. Hope you will do this again sometime.
    Blessings!

  2. Donna Baker says:

    Thank you Diana for sharing yourself through this series. I love seeing things alongside you!

  3. I’ve enjoyed this month with you. I have several posts marked that I am still pondering. Thanks so much for persisting through the challenge.

  4. Elaine Byer Reed says:

    Thanks so much Diana for showing us how to see more of God’s beauty around us, and find meaning in it. You have such a depth of perception and communicate it so well. It was a apecial month. Your photography is gorgeous and is artistic in itself.

  5. Margie Bicknell says:

    I had fun! So thank you for the opportunity to enjoy your photos and reflect on them and the direction of your thoughts.
    Enjoy the rest of the seasons to come, as will I, rejoicing and enjoying them with family and friends.
    Blessings, Diana, thank you again for the journey.