Since I have been at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, I have come to love and appreciate the Celtic Blessing for its creativity and everydayness. We need to know that we are blessed by God. Dianne, Brittany, Kelsey and I, have been blessed by you for seventeen years and eleven months and counting. So, as I depart, I offer this blessing from God and a secular song that I think is in the spirit of a Celtic Blessing. Pardon the several “You had to be there” references.
Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, as you go to be the church in the world,
May your circle of friends, circle the world from Danville, to Eastern Kentucky, to Haiti, to Morocco, and beyond.
When you are last in line at Wednesday night supper, may you still get the dessert you want and a chicken leg, or whatever piece of the chicken you like.
When you walk in the dark, may the light of your Advent candle give you just enough light to see where to take the next step, and when you gather on Christmas Eve may all of your candles together light the world.
When you catch on fire, literally or figuratively, may there always be a Sue Smith close by to put out your fire.
When you are in the hospital, or when the doctor says the dreaded word, “cancer,” or when you are hurting in any way, may you be surrounded by the love of your church family and may a prayer card arrive in your mail just in time to remind you that God and your church family are with you.
When someone you love dies, and you think you can’t go on, may the music of the Easter choir and instruments fill you with the hope of the resurrection.
When you have good news to share, may you always have friends to celebrate with you.
May your Soup’s On Us sandwich never have a heel (unless you want one) and may your soup always be hot.
If you run out of gas in a bus load of church members going on a mission trip, may you be close to the gas station, or if not, may you have a bus load of youth to push you to a safe place.
Youth, may your refrigerator always be full of Gatorade, may you be the first to 32 or may you at least have more points than Adam, may your highs be easier to remember than your lows, may you continue to study the Bible with wisdom and insight, challenging questions, a concern for all people, and as a result, may you do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
Fun Lovin’ Hearts, may the wheels on your bus go round and round all over town, and to places like Branson Missouri, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Pigeon Forge, and to many great places to eat.
May your children always find here an abundance of adopted grandparents with hugs and help and wisdom and candy.
Lexington Avenue, may your halls be filed with the laughter of children and their Bible stories and paint and sand and wonder and may the children of LABC always play in a Godly way.
May you be faithful to your heritage, and may you be open to the new mission God has for you in the future, and may the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” continue to be your anthem.
May you love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and your neighbor as yourself.
And may God above, Jesus beside you and the Holy Spirit within in you, bless and keep you, until we meet again.
Have It All
(“May the best the of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows….
Here’s to the lives that you’re gonna change….
Here’s to the fact that I’ll be sad without you.
I want you to have it all.”)