Bittersweet this year. I have had many relatives, friends and congregation members who have been stricken by this insidious disease. Some are survivors, some lost the battle. Today I will remember my momma. The momma as we called her at the end. We weren’t always close but in the later years we were. I miss her five to six phone calls a day which use to drive me bonkers. Now I would cherish just one.
Today I give the invocation prayer. What a special moment. Today my dear remarkable friend Cindy Perkins gives the survivor speech. Today I will attempt to walk the circle during the luminaries. I will remember so many near and far today.
It is a new 12 hour format today. I know I can’t do the full 12 hours but I am hoping I have enough strength for most of it. This has always been a special event from the Columbia Basin Relay with out tent site being Laura’s Angels, to running the children events, to being co-chair one year.
I pray for physical strength to withstand the day, I pray my children behave and most of all I pray for those out there walking for a cure. Ethel Drew thank you for asking me to pray the invocation. Last year I prayed the benediction and we found I don’t pray so great at 5 a.m.