On October 11, 1998, I woke up early in the morning and drove to the Midway airport in Chicago to fly out to Manchester, NH.
Leigh-Ann and I had been dating for more than two years and for the past several months had talked about getting married. We had even looked at some rings together to get ideas. I knew she wanted to be surprised and took it as a challenge.
The plan was for her dad to pick me up at the airport and then take me to their church where she was scheduled to sing. I arranged with her pastor to walk up on the stage after she sang and pop the question.
I was beyond excited and a little nervous…
I remember waiting in hiding for the long song to be over…..and then her pastor said there was a special announcement and I appeared on stage and dropped to my knee….
Leigh-Ann was certainly surprised….and she said yes!!!!
Afterward, we stopped at the park where we had our first long talk and first kiss, and we re-enacted that moment along with a dozen roses and then went to the nicest restaurant in town for dinner.
We were each beaming….smiles from ear to ear…and we still are…most of the time 😊.
Reflecting back, our joy at that moment was unmistakable.
Whether we are young or old, single or married, joy is something everyone longs to have. The good news is that just like the Shepherds, you can experience joy this Christmas. This Sunday, our Advent reflection and our sermon series, “First Impressions” will focus on the joy promised by the Angel to the Shepherds. I look forward to sharing more from Luke 2:8-20 where we read that eternal joy is offered to all people.
As we prepare for Christmas, we can each be thankful for the birth of Jesus, our Savior who has offered joy to all people.
There is much more to share, and I look forward to spending the morning with you on Sunday.
I sure hope you can attend in person at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity available) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.