Over the past thirty years Laurel Avenue has stood by Pamela and me. You’ve been with us through all the ups and downs, the highs and the lows that the Anderson family has experienced. I won’t say that we’ve taken your love and support and encouragement for granted. We just knew it was always there, no matter what happened, good or bad. But we’ve never felt it as much as we have over the past few weeks. The tragic death of our precious grandson sent us reeling, and we’re still going through the grief process. However, regardless of how heartbroken we are, and how low we may have felt emotionally, God and our church family have been right there with us. Words can’t express the thankfulness we feel for all the cards, calls, food, and other expressions of sympathy you have showered upon us during this difficult time.
With all our love, Charles and Pam Anderson ________________________________________
Stephanie Linnartz is the president of Marriott International, the world’s largest hospitality company. In a Fast Company interview she was asked, “What’s always in your bag?” She replied, “Monogrammed stationery to write thank-you notes.” She oversees work for more than 8,100 properties in 139 countries and territories but has time to express thanks because she understands the importance of gratitude.
What’s On Your Agenda Today?
“You don’t know what the day will bring.” —Proverbs 27:1
What’s on your agenda today? Travel? Work? Meetings? Shopping? Cleaning? You brush your teeth, put on your clothes, and grab your to-do list—set on conquering your busy world by lunchtime. But it only takes one phone call to blow your plans to bits. An illness, an accident—even a chatty friend—can rewrite the script. “You don’t know what the day will bring.” You have big plans. Nothing wrong with that. But don’t overlook the possibility that the seemingly insignificant may be the most important thing you do today: the affirmation of a friend, the hospital visit—or the longer-than-intended phone conversation. God knows who needs encouragement—and he may use you to deliver that blessing. Planning is good. Flexible planning is better.