Paul very much sounds like a pastor in this letter. Here I am, three and half years into my appointment at Willow Glen, and I am still taking delight in you all. The longer I'm here and the more we go through, the better I get to know you and the more dear you become to me. It has been a difficult year for us in a lot of ways, but when things aren't easy in life, they get a lot clearer in faith. And it's in the difficult times that your pastor gets to see your soul peeking through. So let me tell you some of the things I've been seeing and giving thanks for this year.