Today is the natal feast of the Reverend Michael Hopkins -- my friend, mentor, colleague and brother priest -- and I just couldn't let the day pass this year without a little blog "shout out" to mark the day.
I know it's customary for the birthday boy to be the one receiving the gifts, but on this birthday I want to publicly celebrate the many, many gifts Michael has given so many of us over the years. The gift of the example of his work and his witness; the gift of his courage and his commitment; and the gift of his unfailing willingness to both embrace and proclaim the truth that will make you free. (To name just a few!)
Most of all, I give thanks for the gift of his friendship and send prayers for much joy, health and happiness in the year ahead.
Check out his blog ... From Glory into Glory ... for some of the best preaching on the planet ... and join me in a chorus of :
"Happy Birthday, dear Michael ... Happy Birthday to you!"
Watch over your child, Michael, O Lord, as his days increase; bless and guide him wherever he may be. Strengthen him when he stands; comfort him when discouraged or sorrowful; raise him up if he falls; and in his heart may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of his life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen..