But last night I was reminded that the blessing of service is not mine alone to keep. Service is never a one-way street. And last night that hit home in a very literal way. One of our friends went out of his way to get Andrew and me matching wedding gifts - little frames from Bed Bath & Beyond with messages he inscribed for both of us. I cannot tell you how touched I was to imagine the thought that must have gone into them. It was truly a gift from God. I hope I never forget the look of pride on his face as he gave us these wonderful tokens of his best wishes.
Thanks be to God for moments that upset our expectations and remind us that the Kingdom of God truly is within us - within all of us.