A Celebration

I woke up this morning feeling hopeful.  This date had become something sad and mournful since May of 2009….if I am honest, probably a couple of years before.  But, today I am not feeling it.  I feel full of life and full of promise.  It was one year ago today that Skyline Urban Ministry reopened under one roof and with the Mac Thompson Food Resource Center.  One year ago the ribbon was cut in the presence of friends and family, clients and board members, community supporters and media.  It was a stressful day, but one that I knew would have a long-lasting impact on my life.  The day was selected by the church officials, but when it was determined to be on November 13th, I knew that date was for me.

Skyline was the first big commitment I took on outside of my family after my mother died.  It was almost three years before I could even think about anything outside of me when I was asked to be on the board.  I guess you can say it was love at first sight and every day since then has had some aspect of Skyline in it.  This became my passion project and through its ups and downs I have loved every minute of it.  In some ways, it saved me.  I still see my mother in so many of the people I encounter.  I see her in the generous board who makes this ministry a priority amidst their busy schedules.  I see her in the clients when their lives are often so chaotic it is difficult to not to feel overwhelmed.  I see her in our finance director and the finance committee….numbers were always her thing and it had to be right.  I see her in the volunteers who slow down long enough to be the hands and feet of Christ to people they do not know.

I have thought lately about being generous.  Where did I get that?  It has come from a lot of relationships and experiences.  Overall, I think I learned to be generous from my mom.  She always said yes to helping others.  Our doors were always open to everyone.  She always talked to me about looking at things from a different point of view.  I had forgotten this about my mom.  I suppose sometimes pain and grief jade our view.  But, today I see it.  And to make it even better…..I had lunch with Jack Thompson, Mac’s son and a dear friend and mentor….to talk about, you guessed it, Skyline.

Mom was born on Friday, November 13th and on this day I celebrate her life, her generous spirit, and the lives touched by the amazing work that has been done and will continue to be down by Skyline.  Mom would be 63 today and I know she is celebrating too.  November the 13th is a day of new beginnings.

4 Responses to A Celebration

  1. Ivana Frantz says:

    I met your mom when we were both volunteering at a Taft school track meet. She was a kind woman. Happy Birthday to her, and best wishes for a happy day to you, Amy.

  2. Amy, This makes my heart sing. You have worked hard and come far. Your mother would be very proud of the woman you have become. She would not only praise your work at Skyline she would be right there working along with you.

  3. admin says:

    Thank you and thank you for always supporting me and being such a wonderful mentor. Let me know if you are up for a fall lunch. I would love to catch up.

  4. admin says:

    I love that and I love hearing about how people me my mom. Thank you for sharing your memories. Love to you all!!!!

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