“You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you..”
2 Corinthians 9:11-14
We find ourselves in the midst of a busy time. Our nation has honored the work of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and we, as a diocese, have had opportunities to look at how we can be a part of dismantling racism. And at the close of the week, we inaugurate a new president. And in the middle of that, we are in the month of January- a special month for those who are responsible for financial records, as they “close the books” on the previous year. One way to look at that “closing of the books” is to see it as a chore and a task. Another way to look at it is to use the opportunity to look back across the previous year and hear the stories of blessings told again. We can give thanks this week for the legacy of Dr. King, we can give thanks for those who work for the building up of our country to be a place of peace, hope, and love, and we as a diocese, in spite of the fact that we experienced unanticipated challenges, witnessed the generosity of so many who offered of your time, talent, and treasure for the building up of the Body of Christ here in the Diocese of Lexington.
We wish to say, “Thank you!”- for all the ways you have been offering that which is entrusted to you either to your home faith community, or to one of the ministries of the Diocese of Lexington- which manifest as the Cathedral Domain, St. Agnes House, Reading Camp, or St. Augustine’s, or if you have supported the wider Church in some further way- we are grateful for you, and we are grateful that you have shared your gifts. It is a blessing to walk this journey with you, and while the journey is not always easy, we know, that through God’s grace, God walks with us. Thank you!