his is a rather unique type of post for this blog, but I wanted to share about a blessing today. We had the distinct joy and privilege of meeting one of my loyal readers and dear friends in person today! It took a very long drive to Cairo, GA (pronounced KAY-ro, not like the city in Egypt) to do it, but it was definitely worth it!
Today, we got to meet blogging buddy Gordon Cloud of Heavenly Heartburn, along with his dear wife and sons, and the congregation of Pine Park Baptist Church where Gordon serves as pastor. Gordon has been a regular reader and commenter here on Theological Musings since earlier this year (sometime around March, I believe), and we have developed a very strong friendship as a result of our many conversations and debates here.
(from left: my lovely wife Christy, Gordon’s wife Amy, me, and Gordon)
Gordon and Amy are wonderful people, and have been extremely gracious hosts to us. We did not arrive here in Cairo until 1:00 AM this morning, and so we did not get to meet the Clouds until we arrived at the church this morning for the service. After spending the night at the Best Western here in Cairo (where I’m “liveblogging” our visit, thanks to the free wireless internet!), we arrived at the church and got to finally meet in person. (Also, a special shoutout to one of Gordon’s regular commenters, Ron, who we had the joy of meeting and fellowshipping with, as well.)
Gordon was gracious enough to allow me to minister in music in the morning worship service. Christy and I ministered for about 20 minutes as part of that service, after which we spent a wonderful afternoon with the Clouds at their house. Amy Cloud can cook!! We had a great meal together and spent the afternoon discussing all kinds of things. For those who are interested to know, I managed to bring up the cessationist/continuationist debate within the first 15 minutes of conversation but we waited until much later in the afternoon to really talk about it. I haven’t convinced Gordon yet to leave his cessationist views behind, but I took it easy on him! hehe
Seriously, it was a terrific time of fellowship, and we were delighted to fellowship with them in person. We joined their church again for a Christmas presentation and covered dish “birthday party for Jesus” this evening, and now are relaxing in our motel room. Tomorrow, we’ll have an early lunch with the Clouds again before the 10-hour drive back to Boone.
Of all the things I love about blogging, meeting new people and making new relationships is very high on the list. My friendship with Gordon has been a great blessing, and that blessing got much sweeter today! Thank you, Gordon, for letting us come!!
Until next time,