My favorite thing to say to (Facebook) friends on their birthdays, is “celebrating YOU today.” I just want the person to know that I am acknowledging their uniqueness, who THEY are, on this, their very special day of birth. When I checked the dictionary for an official definition of the word celebrate, I found: 1) to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday, etc. 2) to praise (someone or something): to say that (someone or something) is great or important 3) to perform (a religious ceremony.) I guess my birthday greeting is fitting of the second definition, which is what I mean when I say/write it. There is something special about the word “celebrate.” In the past, I think I considered a celebration to be some kind of formal event. Now days, maybe since Terry Hershey came into my life, I find all kinds of things to celebrate daily. It’s the small celebrations, along with the big ones, that put focus on the gratitude that abounds in my heart.

With that said, participants at Gods Grace Community Church, I celebrate YOU today! Please read definition 2 above again…Happy 10th Anniversary! Where have the past 10 years gone? When I stop to think about the relationships made, the opportunities to participate in so many wonderful ministries, festivals, programs…the music, laughter, tears, story sharing…I could go on and on. Suffice it to say that I feel boundless gratitude for this little church and all of you that are the church to me. Again I celebrate YOU and thank you for all you are and all you do and all you share! In honor of my celebratory mood (sorry to all Bronco fans that might not be feeling the same this week) I invite you to step back to 1980 or so, and think about all that you have to celebrate this fine day. By the way, celebrate is a verb. Get into action people and celebrate!

Andrea Heshmati


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