Today I celebrate the birthday of Mary C. Mary is a giant in my life even though I don’t think she has ever topped five feet. Mary believes in me and has told me that for as long as I can remember. During high school, she would greet me with a hug, a sincere “how are you?”, and questions about what I was doing and enjoying in my life. She was – and is – interested in what is going on in my life. I can’t remember exactly when she started putting the idea into my head that I should consider seminary but she was one of the first people in my community who helped me identify a particular portion of my call. I’m pretty sure she was the one who had a packet of information sent to me from what was then known as the Presbyterian School of Education. Oh Mary! Where would I be without your faithfulness and love?
Have you taken the time lately to thank someone who has shaped and formed you? I’m going to call Mary today and wish her a happy birthday and thank her again for being a part of my cloud. I hope you’ll do the same with someone in your cloud.