Bishop Easterling Offers Words of Appreciation

October 12, 2021

To the servant leaders of this conference:


I see you.

I see your service.

I see your sacrifice.


I see the faithful ways you lead

            even when you’re tired





I see the ways you innovate and create

            the ways you overcome obstacles

            sometimes utilizing nothing but ingenuity and grit

            thinking of those who will be blessed

            and the ways they will be unserved

                        if you don’t find a solution


I see the ways you have led through this pandemic

            without any roadmaps or blueprints

            without any assurance of when it will end

            without any of the standard accoutrements of days past

            without any guarantee that your efforts would be recognized.


I see the way you press through the disappointments

            of a never-ending quadrennium

            of expertly laid plans that are undone in an instant

            of re-entry dates that came and went without re-entering

            of life’s interruptions that will not be kept at bay or forestalled


During Clergy Appreciation Month


I love you

I thank God for you

I recognize your tremendous service

I pray for your strength and endurance

I encourage you to take good care of yourselves


Thank you!

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling
Peninsula-Delaware Conference

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