Dear @authenticchurch, I wanted to tell you how thankful I am for you. In fact, I always find myself so grateful for you. Watching the way you are growing spiritually and relationally is one of my life’s joys. Watching your courage, your generosity, your heart to serve and your worship inspires me. Six and a half years in and every week sort of feels like year one- I watch you guys gather in the lobby and laugh with each other. I see your kids running around and some of you giving them that “you better get over here now through gritted teeth” looks and the leisure in which you approach new people and make them feel at home. I walk out into the lobby sometimes hoping that God used me to preach to you well and work through in my mind sometimes how I could have done better because I love you that much. To the extent that I can humanly, I wanna give my best. And then I walk into the lobby and see this. The Holy Spirit doing things that I can’t see and I rest in that. And meet your new friends. There’s hugs, hi-fives and handshakes going down everywhere. This morning I wanted to pause and tell you I’m thankful for you. You will always be one of the reasons I will enter in his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise.