When the great composer Henri Mancini turned sixty-five, his daughter, Felice, composed a little musical birthday card and sang it in tribute to her father. It goes like this:
“Sometimes-not often enough-we reflect upon the good things, and our thoughts always center around those we love. And I think about those people who mean so much to me; who, for so many years have made me so very happy. And I think about the times I have forgotten to say, ‘Thank You!,’ and just how much I love them.”
Before I get to the point of letting “so many years” go by and the times I may forget to say, “Thank You!” Let me say it now. THANK YOU!! THANK YOU to all of you who have made Denise and I feel so welcome in Benton. Thank you for the great things you have done and the small things you have done that have had a great impact on us. I do not dare try to name all of you and for fear of leaving someone out, I will not mention names, but you know who you are.
Those who have prayed during our transition, those who have cooked for us, those who have allowed us into their hearts, and those who worked and sweated to get things ready for us. You have come to mean so much to Denise and I in such a short time that we can hardly wait to see what God has in store for us and we all grow towards Christ and make God known in our church, in our lives, and in our world.
Brother David Russell