Now that Steve's memorial service is over and I resume a more normal routine, I am reminded that there is nothing normal about my life. I'm used to being independent but Steve was always coming home from somewhere or calling from somewhere or at his desk at home. I miss his presence, his laugh, his wisdom, his joy. But I am profoundly grateful for the many years we shared together and for his life. I was and am so much more because of him. Together we have three, really five, amazing children including their spouses and five very special grandchildren who encourage, love and bring much joy to me. God is faithful.
I am glad to report that on the night of Steve's service, I signed a contract with InterVarsity Press who will publish our Caring Bridge posts. They are fast-tracking this process so that the book will be out this fall. I am so grateful for this gift. Steve is probably chuckling in heaven--he dodged a book in life but not in death! Because of copyright issues, I am taking down the Caring Bridge site in a couple of weeks but the book will be available in time for Thanksgiving which seems so appropriate.
For those of you who missed the service and have inquired about a tape of it, you can still find the service at http://www.peachtreepres.org/news/SteveHayner
. I want to publicly thank Rev. Marnie Crumpler, the executive pastor at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, and the amazing staff team who served us so beautifully. Their hospitality and grace flowed abundantly--really more than we could ask or imagine. For this, I thank God.
Steve would close by reminding us all to live one day at a time before an audience of One, trusting in God who loves us so much and for whom there are no dead ends. He would remind us that no matter our circumstances, God has a call for us. And that as we remember whose we are and live faithfully as ladies and gentlemen--honoring and encouraging one another, and as scholars--not only of people and culture but of the Word, and most importantly of Jesus, God will be at work in us, making what we do last and bringing about God's kingdom on earth.Now to the One who by the power at work within us, is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all we could ask or even imagine, to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.
And all God's people said, Amen.