(Guest post by Tami Painter)
A number of you have connected with me to emphasize your appreciation for all that Scott has done for Grace. You will not get an argument from me that Scott Painter is an amazing human being! His creativity, energy and dedication makes life bigger somehow. Scott’s ability to cast a vision and lead through the 100 steps to get there is impressive. He brings a lot of love and heart to all he undertakes.
AND, there is a much broader story of Grace that God has been weaving for 60+ years. It’s a story of God’s endless provision and a community that continues to expand the definition of love and grace. This is what first drew me to Grace. In the interview dinner Scott and I had with the Bishop’s Committee, I heard story after story about times of great uncertainty and doubt when God showed up in the form of clergy, people with giftings perfect for the moment, and checks for exact amounts to meet the need. Every time the question was asked “Will Grace go on?” God said “Yes!”
I have seen this first hand over the past 5 years. There have been truly amazing moments of provisions – ministers, musicians, new members, grants, gifts of service, gifts of craftmanship . . . So many people have stepped up to honor and endorse this uniquely diverse and loving place called Grace.
Yet, change is hard. As part of this process, we will be separating from those we love including our young adult son who will be staying in Houston. I’m feeling sadness for this and will greatly miss our regular connections while also holding confidence all are ready and capable to stand strong. As Scott and I have done the work of pulling back and letting go, I have looked to God many times and asked “You got this?” The answer is as it has always been – an emphatic and resounding “Yes!”
May the Holy Spirit continue to move powerfully among you as the story of Grace goes on.