Sunday, October 15, 2006

"Oh no! A teenager!"

Gwen Brashear, an active member and prominent leader at Blessed Sacrament until she died in 1998, told me years after the fact that when she saw me ascend the altar on my first day as Rector, she thought, “Oh no! A teenager!” That was 28 years ago today. I definitely don’t look like a teenager any more, and I must admit that on occasion (extremely rare, of course) I can’t quite move like one. But usually I still feel like one.

Thank you, blessed Lord, that Blessed Sacrament is such an indescribably wonderful parish, filled with such remarkable people! One of your servants, a priest named James Thompson, visited and ministered briefly in our parish early in 2000. When he finished his labors among us, he predicted that we were on the verge of a "golden era", and he was sooo right! More right than I ever could have hoped! Lord, I love being a priest--especially a priest at this holy place. Thank you for these 28 years.


Jon Cooper said...

I'd like to thank you, David, for what you've meant to me - there is such an infectuous joy about you, and it just comes out in your writing. I've known you for about eight years now and I'm so thankful that God brought you into my life. You are such an encouragement to me.

I suppose that one day, if the Lord leaves me here that long, I will become an old man, but I hope that I never really age - it would be an awful thing to lose one's love and passion for Jesus and become old and crabby. Too many people die before their bodies do. I'd much rather live forever - with a passion and a love that deepens with each passing day.

Daniel Peckham said...

I'm thankful for those 28 years too ... I'm glad you stuck around long enough that we get you! :)

katie p

Hannah Jolene said...

What a huge commitment you have made to Blessed Sacrament over these past 28 years. Thank you for remaining dedicated to BS even through the rough years of rejection and criticism. I am so thankful for all of your efforts you have put into this parish to keep it on the track of orthodoxy. Our parish could not have chosen a better priest 28 years are exactly what we need. A strong, trustworthy, and God honoring leader. Thank you for all of your love you have shown to many many people. May the Lord bless you abundantly for the services you have so graciously given to Blessed Sacrament.