I hope we all have the courage of St. Patrick to live for a cause. Patrick bravely returned to his place of enslavement to bring light and love through Christ to his former captors.
Here is a great article about St. Patrick from Christianity Today.
A few days ago, Beth really honored me by giving notice of my successful dissertation defense to earn a Doctorate of Education. It meant a lot that she did so, but she deserves equal honor. In fact, I dedicated my dissertation to her and the kids. I wrote on the dedication page the following:
I dedicate this work to my wife, Beth, and my children, Abbey, Luke, and Lincoln. I hope the sacrifices you have endured for me to pursue this dream will be repaid to you with many opportunities for joy and success in your future.
Specifically, for Beth I wrote on the Acknowledgement page:
To my wife, Beth, your encouragement and support of me goes beyond what words can adequately express. You are my life partner, and I am so thankful we did this together.
On the Acknowledgement page for the kids, I wrote:
To my children, Abbey, Luke, and Lincoln, thank you for your understanding when I was distracted or not fully present for you during this project. I believe we have many years of great times together.
I wanted to make sure this important recognition was not buried in a dissertation, but proclaimed to the world! I love you, family!
I hope you are having a great week. Three things I want you to be aware of going into the weekend.
1. Time change happens this Sunday. You know the drill, plan for one less hour of sleep, but a lot more daylight the next few months.
2. You may have noticed from social media that I successfully defended my dissertation and earned my Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree. This would not have happened without the support of CIL. I am so grateful to you for letting me and my family accomplish this.
So what do I want you to call me now? Unless you are taking one of my classes, there is no need to call me Dr. Allison. I do not believe in the term Reverend, as the Trinity is the only one to be revered. According to the Bible, in a congregation, I should simply be called Aaron. However, if you choose to call me Pastor, there is not a greater privilege I could imagine.
3. I am preaching this week from Genesis 12:1-4 on “Walking in God’s Purpose.” Who doesn’t need to hear a message of this importance? Who do you know that needs this message? Invite them to CIL, and we will all grow in love this Sunday.
I love being your pastor!