Wife and I were reading Christmas cards and letters and thinking back to friends over the years. Our first full-time church had a letter, inviting us back to the 50th anniversary of the church. We looked back to Dec 20, 1970, and realized that it was our first day of full-time ministry. 35 years. I had finished grad school campus work (completed my master's thesis in the spring of 71) and Dec 1 accepted the call to Bethany Baptist in Grand Blanc (Flint) Michigan. We commuted 8+ hours each way for 3 weekends, then we packed a trailer and headed out. Lots of life and lots of ministry has passed in these 35 years. Seems like just yesterday. But would not trade a minute. God's been better to me than I deserve.