I’ve been asked by a few people recently, “Do you like it here [at Advent]?” My answer has been a strong “YES.” And I started to wonder, is there doubt? Am I not clear? Am I assuming people will know?
In the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” there’s a wonderful song as Tevye asks his wife Golde “Do you love me?” She doesn’t understand what he wants, and responds with all the things she’s done for him and with him over their 25 years of marriage. He persists.
Tevye: Golde, I’m asking you a question. Do you love me?
Golde: You’re a fool!
Tevye: I know. But do you love me?
Golde: Do I love you?
For twenty-five years, I’ve washed your clothes,
Cooked your meals, cleaned your house,
Given you children, milked the cow.
After twenty-five years, why talk about love right now?
The song continues…And finally, she responds, “Yes, I love you.”
My guess is that usually when this gets played out in our time, it’s the guy, not the woman, who’s not as consistent or clear about saying, “I love you.” Don’t assume the other person knows. As Billy Joel croons, “Tell her about it.”
So…back to Advent and the question of me. “Do you like it here?”
“YES.” Yes, I’m grateful for our congregation, our facilities, our ministries, and our people. Yes, I’m excited to be here. Yes, I love you.
Not 25 years yet. We just hit nine months. But I’m looking forward to many years in this ministry partnership.