To South Park Mall.
Not exactly high culture. Nor is it continuing education.
It’s blatant consumerism.
But it’s also my expression of thanks at Christmas.
I’ve gotten each of them a gift card they can use anywhere in the mall. It’s an annual Christmas tradition around here. After some shopping, we’ll share a meal together.
Am I trying to buy their affection? Maybe.
But more to the point, blessing the staff in this way at Christmas is a small way I can say “thank you” for all their hard, often self-less, work on behalf of the kingdom. You can get to know some of the people who work here by checking this page.
Leading a staff like this is like leading a family: often challenging, sometimes harrowing, frequently perplexing, but ultimately worth it. The old cliche is true — we are much more than the sum of our parts.