Thanks to everyone for the encouragement

Emails and phone calls today reminded me of the following verse from Isaiah:

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

18 Responses to “Thanks to everyone for the encouragement”


  1. 1 Joe Roberts April 22, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Brad,

    Word comes that you will hang in there and, to put it in military terms, “be present and accounted for”, when the roll is called in Anaheim in July. I am glad; I know that my rector is as well.

    Today’s meditation from “Forward Day by Day” seems quite appropriate. Inspired by Psalm 13 which asks, “How long O Lord? Will you forget me forever? … How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart … ?”, the author reminds us that “Easter is incremental” and that, most of the time, “God’s reclamation efforts are glacial.” Then, these thirteen words of truth about how our Lord works in and through our lives, “God will work it out. Or God will work me out. Or both.” Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

    God’s blessings and peace, Brad.

    Joe

  2. 2 Pat Briney April 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Brad,

    Thanks for going into the lions den for us. Just remember Ephesians 6:11:

    “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

    Pat

  3. 3 Bill in LA April 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Brad,

    God bless you. You are speaking for so many Episcopalians, clergy included. As far as I’m concerned, you are my representation at GenCon.

    priest in LA

  4. 4 The Lakeland Two April 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Agree with Bill in LA!

    As you go, you will be covered in prayer.

  5. 5 Fr. Rob Eaton April 23, 2009 at 6:09 am

    From the OT lesson this morning (Wednesday) in the BCP Year One lectionary:

    Daniel 2:17 Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 18 He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven
    20 and said:
    “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
    wisdom and power are his.

    21 He changes times and seasons;
    he sets up kings and deposes them.
    He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.

    22 He reveals deep and hidden things;
    he knows what lies in darkness,
    and light dwells with him.

    23 I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers:
    You have given me wisdom and power,
    you have made known to me what we asked of you,
    you have made known to us the dream of the king.”

    I also give thanks and praise for your decision to remain with your deputation. Now, if you will loan me about $120 I will fulfill my vow and take you to breakfast each morning at GC.

  6. 6 ted mcwhorter April 23, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Apt of Fr. Rob to bring in Daniel, what with going into the lion’s den and all.

    This time though its more like falling into the septic tank. After dealing with O’Neil, Bruno et al you will have an overwhelming desire for a bath.

    Read the ACI hit piece on the 815 KGB over at the Chris Johnson’s blog. Our bishops let them know we can leave anytime we want. Maybe you won’t have to go.

  7. 7 Alice C. Linsley April 28, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Brad, if you must go, seek out the American Anglican Council staff. They will be there to support people like you!

  8. 8 The Lakeland Two May 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Just wanted you to know that we miss your commenting. Know that you’re busy and all. But really miss your take on things. It’s like missing one of the family! God bless!

  9. 9 Jim McCaslin May 16, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Brad, where are you. I’ve almost stopped checking your blog on my daily rounds. Are you coming back?

  10. 10 Mark June 23, 2009 at 5:11 am

    As a Roman Catholic (by birth and continuing by marriage if that makes sense) who happened to catch your blog by happenstance (Dylan, a few beers, and a rough day), I can only offer my prayers. God’s in charge; we have to trust His providence. I’ve lost many hours of sleep since Nov about where this country is headed, and yet I still see bright spots in some (not all) of my children’s choices (getting up early to go to Mass because they work on Sundays for example). Pray, trust in God, and trust in the inherent goodness of those who support and believe as you do. God will prevail. He always will.

  11. 11 Louie Crew July 2, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Brad,

    I just learned that you are in fact not going to be a deputy in Anaheim next week.

    Best wishes. May you be surrounded by God’s love.

    Louie

  12. 12 Milton July 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Well, Louie, did you “learn” that Brad will not be a deputy at the last minute by Brad changing his mind or was it arranged for him after reading the comments here and on the previous posts? I have no doubt that Brad is and will be surrounded by God’s love, as are we all. The only question is how will we respond to it and will we reinterpret His loving will into something more to the liking of our fallen minds and spirits.

  13. 13 Louie Crew July 2, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    The chair of the deputation for the Diocese of Western Louisiana kindly notified me of two changes that I needed to make in my listing of the deputation at http://rci.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/deputations2009.html#WLA

    I made the changes and then visited this site to express my best wishes.

    Louie

  14. 14 Tregonsee July 7, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Sorry to hear that you will not be at GC this year. Though TEC is long behind me, I still follow and pray for it. It is always useful to have one of the good guys on the ground reporting. Whatever the reasons for your absence, my prayers for you, and TEC, is this time of difficulty.

    Treg

  15. 15 Milton July 8, 2009 at 2:29 am

    Louie, that is simply dancing around the question. Let me rephrase it.

    Was it Brad’s decision not to go or was he removed by someone else, no matter who else?

    The possible answers are:

    1. Brad’s decision

    2. Someone else removed him.

    Some of us prefer plain, clear answers to plain clear questions.

  16. 16 Tregonsee July 9, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Milton,

    There is a comment over on Cotton Country Anglican:

    Brad reports that his professional life is simply too demanding to spend two weeks in Anaheim, and particularly when the handwriting is so clearly on the wall that TEC is heading left and away from orthodox Christianity. At least that is my take. We lost two delegates actually and then two alternates dropped out which left +Bruce in a fix. He asked me to serve as the lay alternate (which I wanted very much to do) but, like Brad, I simply could not take two weeks away from my law practice (just took two weeks in March to travel to the Holy Land).

    Sounds as if he is burned out, disappointed, but he jumped rather than was pushed.

    Treg

  17. 17 Milton July 11, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Tregonese, that now does not surprise me remembering Brad’s earlier posts on the struggle he has had in deciding to go to GC09 or not. Glad to hear it was his decision. He has certainly fought the good fight, both at previous GCs and on the HOBD, there often taking a great deal of flak for being blunt-spoken and truthful. He has more than earned a lifetime of freedom from the skewed and warped pressure cooker to simply live his life with his family.

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