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Susan ~ the gift that keeps on giving


I meant to post this Wednesday night when I got home from church but forgot to download the photos...

Susan has such a gift of giving. More than anything ~ and most importantly ~ she gives of herself...as a servant. Many people have no idea that until she came to the church I arrived very early every Wednesday night to get many things little things (which add up to a bunch of big things) ready in the main service. Susan is an incredibly valuable "behind the scenes" servant. Once she came, she decided to help me in any way she could -- she wanted to do anything she could to serve. At first I do have to admit I was a little overwhelmed by it! But I soon got to see over the months that she was truly genuine and pure hearted.

Susan shows up very early every Wednesday and has everything set to go when I get there. It takes a lot off of my shoulders. She does anything I need her to do -- from dishes, to candles, to washing and setting out mine and Pastor's water glasses every single service, she's there. She comes early to Sunday School, makes sure I have a fresh cup of coffee before I start teaching, takes care of attendance, Every pastor needs a Susan. She's a detail person. She has the "ministry of helps." What would I do without her?

She's also a gift giver. She gets such delight in giving gifts. I own a zillion watches and almost all of them are from Susan. She knows how much I love them.

The other night she pulled out a gift bag - it was an "early Valentine gift' as she calls it. Upon opening I saw it was an entire Moonlight Path collection. Have I told you readers before -- I LOVE bath and body works moonlight path? When I take a Moonlight Path bubble bath, just the smell of the bath preparing as the water is running lifts me to another place.

Susan got me the entire collection -- down to the moonlight path candle, air freshner...you name it, it's there. She also threw in some Dove chocolates that she knows I love as well as some rum raisin colored lip gloss that she knows I like too. She thinks of everything. :-) So thoughtful.

I was so excited, I pulled everything out and put it on the altar and grabbed my camera to take a photo. (This was after church when it was just her and I in the building.) I love my new little Moonlight Path collection. I couldn't wait to set everything up when I got home.

Thank you, Susan! I love you! You are one of God's precious gifts to me and someone who makes me smile, without fail, each and every week just by your presence and your faithful service to God, His church and your pastors.

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Anonymous said…
Seriously...heaven is an Asian buffet located next door to a giant Bath & Body Works store!!!!!

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