Mauri returned yesterday from his month at the coast. We were both ready to resume our normal way of life. While talking on the phone and dropping each other e-mail notes is very nice, nothing quite measures up to the joys of cohabitation. Mauri gets as well as gives in those weeks of retreat ministry, and he always returns refreshed from his time away.
Since Mauri wasn’t scheduled in leadership this morning, we got to sit together on the other side of the sanctuary. I found affirming the number of people who made a point to welcome him back. I found equally affirming the number of people who didn’t seem to notice his absence. Mauri brings thoughtful leadership to worship at NFC, but his only goal is to direct people’s attention toward God, never toward himself.
I’ll leave you with one final photo from his time at our beautiful Oregon coast, known for its monolith rock formations jutting from the shoreline. You’ve seen shots of the Twin Rocks. Did you notice that one has a hole in it?