During the children’s message today we talked about words we use to show we are excited, words we use to cheer others or celebrate something. Of course we were heading toward shouting "Hosanna" but along the way we discovered some generational differences. The oldest among us responded heartily to "Hip Hip" with "Hooray!" The next generation down suggested "Yippee!" The middle-aged geeks among us thought of "Huzzah!" My oldest supplied the suggestion "Woohoo!"
We talked, too, about how it feels to be on the receiving end of applause and cheers. We were all quick to say it would feel good or exciting, but I was looking for more. I knew #1 Son, as an actor, would have some thoughts about this, and although he is a bit past being one of the children, he answered from the pew. I looked his way and asked the question again, "How would it feel?" and he answered, "Humbling."
It’s humbling to realize how much other people care, or that they admire you or rely upon you.
After the service they gave us a going-away luncheon; so many people attended that they needed to set up an extra table. Pure Luck turned up, and Molly attended, too. They gave us gifts. They stood and applauded me. But most importantly they used words to express feelings of appreciation.
At the luncheon, the Diaconate Chair quoted a somewhat daunting piece of scripture:
" People who do know their God will do strong exploits." (Daniel 11:32, haven’t figured out which version)
Wow. Exploits? Huh. Exploits.
I think of myself as softer than exploits, and perhaps that explains why the word struck me, especially in combination with "strong." Over the past year I have identified strengths that matter to my ministry, and I’m grateful to the people at Main Street Church whose affirmation confirmed them.
Huzzah and Hosanna!