What a great week of revival we had! The music, sermons, and togetherness made for a wonderful time of worship and fellowship. At some time after selecting the revival date, it dawned on me that All Saints Day would follow the Revival. I questioned my choice of the Revival week, knowing that we perhaps could ride the euphoric revival wave a little longer. While many of us found ourselves on a spiritual mountain-top during the revival services, today’s service has a different feel to it. I am grateful for high-energy peaks, but I also realize that walking through the valleys becomes part of life. All of us have to go through the valleys, and we don’t walk alone.
What happens to others affects us; most of us are not like rocks in the sense that what is happening to those around us affects us. For eleven families in our church, today becomes another marker. The first Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday, anniversary, and for some, the first Valentines Day, Mothers or Fathers Day brings back a myriad of emotions. No two people feel exactly the same. I never tell someone “I know exactly how you feel,” or “I feel exactly the way you do,” because the relationships I have are unique, just as the relationships you have are unique.