Last week, about Wednesday, all roads began to lead to Loranger, Louisiana, the site of Weekend 31 - 2010; the signature women's retreat from our Women's Pastor and my bride, Penny Franklin.
I can still feel the hum of the road in my tail-bone, and a little of the soreness in my muscles from a week of long driving, heavy lifting, and long days of work. I served as half of the tech/media/stage crew, and senior pastor. It was a great week!
We got back to New Orleans Saturday evening, and by about 7:15, the sound and media equipment was unloaded and back in place, and our professional team gathered at the back of our worship center. Exuding from the tired eyes of all involved were a couple of distinct emotions... specifically peace and happiness. Oddly enough, such have been the hallmarks of these experiences along the trail of ministry we have ridden and continue to ride today.
One of mine and Penny's long time favorite songs is the old Robert Earl Keen song, "The Road Goes on Forever" and at times like these, as we went home, took a short break and then began prepping for Sunday services, its words became appropriate all over again.
How many times have we looked at each other as one of us said, "the road goes on forever" and the other responded "and the party never ends"? It's usually tired, happy, joyful and hopeful all at the same time.
Tonight, after just enough rest to mount back up and get back in the saddle, I'm tired and sore... but dad-gum if I'm not eight kinds of happy. I just got home from mentoring a great young minister out at the seminary, had a brief moment with my bride as our children climbed all over me and vied for my attention, transforming their pastor-father into a human jungle gym, and we had three conversations all at once... it's good to be loved! I walked Penny out as she left to lead the evening Women's Bible Study, kissed her goodbye, and started singing our song in my head... "the road goes on forever and the party never ends."
A good tired is just that... good.
It's good to work after the right things in life.
It's good to serve the One True God.
It's good to love and be loved by my family.
It's good to do it all together and crash into the bed knowing that we've run a good race, even as we look on down the trail and know that it's going to rev back up tomorrow.
It's good to run and run again, and to see the hand of God at work all around us as we do.
There are so many things to be about in this life... for me, I'm glad to get to run as a team... and so thankful to live in the blessing of serving the God Who died and rose again to save us!
May His peace overwhelm you, even as it has overwhelmed us!