Date: September 27, 2022

Three months of celebrating my sixtieth birthday came to an end with the Sir Elton John concert on Saturday night. As Lesley and I reflected on those three months we paused and said to each other “it was fun”.

It is important to be self-consciously reflective about life. Wonderful evenings can too quickly be forgotten unless one pauses and remembers. The evening with Sir Elton was spectacular – an artist on his farewell tour still able to perform, sing, and connect. To allow the moment to pass without a sense of gratitude is to take such a moment for granted. In a world where so many struggle, it is a deep sin not to be grateful for these opportunities in life.

Living life aware of the privilege of living in a beautiful setting puts so much into perspective. The irritations of the day assume less significance. The frustrations are placed in context. So, please pause on this day. Thank God for the sermon, the opportunity, the friend, the dog park, the library, the coffee at the Flamingo, or whatever is good and fun in your life at this moment.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President

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