It’s traditionally considered a tin or aluminum anniversary, but in modern times it’s considered a diamond anniversary. For many reasons, I prefer the diamond image. 🙂
The name diamond is derived from the ancient Greek αδάμας (adámas), which means “proper”, “unalterable”, “unbreakable”, “untamed”. Diamonds are forged within the crucible of high temperature and pressure in the deep darkness of the earth. What emerges is a uniquely precious and brilliant gem that radiates a spectrum of beautiful colors.
We’ve been through a lot together over these past ten years. We’ve been forged through the challenges of the great recession and through the great ongoing reformation of Christianity in this ever increasingly pluralistic world, this new Spirit –led emergence.
I give thanks to all that I have learned and witnessed of our love, respect, diligence, faithfulness, joy and courage on this journey together. It is a time to reflect upon and to celebrate all that we have accomplished together through the grace of God. I am so grateful to so many of you.
I look forward to celebrating this weekend, and even more to open ourselves to the Spirit so that our light may shine ever more brightly.