What if the tree in the forest was me?


You’re probably reading this on Thanksgiving. Maybe you’ve already stuffed yourself on turkey, sweet potatoes, and pie. Maybe you’re taking a break from the football game. Maybe you’re trying to escape the in-laws. But there’s one thing I really want you to hear.

We all know the question. “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” This year I was thinking, “If a pastor feels gratitude in his heart, but doesn’t express it, is it really gratitude?” So here goes.

Thank you. That’s my message. Thank you for the privilege of being your pastor. Thank you for the opportunity to serve in an amazing church. Thank you for the grace to learn, to fail, to grow, and to learn some more. Thank you for memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for serving alongside me in some amazing and sacrificial ways. And thank you for allowing me to be part of your journey toward God. Sometimes the journey is full of delight and discovery. Sometimes it’s full of pain and confusion. Sometimes it’s a “long obedience in the same direction.” Regardless, thank you for inviting me to be part of that journey.

I thank my God every time I remember you. (Philippians 1:3)

My prayer is that you will be overwhelmed with the gratitude that comes from receiving God’s gift of grace. I look forward to seeing you this weekend.  

-Pastor Mark

Posted on November 28, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Mark: Have blessed Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Thanks to you and your family for all you give to SCCC. The Barlock Family is thankful for the 19 years we’ve had there and look forward to many more….

  2. Mark, thanks for your wisdom, faithfulness, example, stability, and openness to your people’s ideas and needs. Thank you! I am also very grateful for each of the other members of the SCCC staff for their ministry to Dave and me. And, while I’m at it, thank you to all of you who make SCCC your home, but more importantly, are involved in serving God through many of the ways our staff provide for us. Next up – Star of Hope! Thanks, everyone! Mae

  3. Well, pretty much what Mae said. I’m thankful for your wisdom, example, and leadership. And the way you express your faith. Blessings to you and your family.

  4. Mark,

    THANK YOU for your obedience to God’s call on your life and for keeping first things first! It’s because of your heart for God – your relationship with the Lord, that we are blessed by the truth that you bring to us each week. Thank you just doesn’t seem like it’s enough to express the gratitude I have for you. The impact you’ve had on so many peoples lives over the past 23-24 years in this community can’t be measured. I know I speak for many who have great respect and honor for you. You’re a blessing and I’m thankful for all God has done in and through you!

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