Ken Lewis retired yeasterday. Here is Emily Lewis Peterson's prayer at her father's last service. It is just beautiful.
Our Father, who art in heaven, we are here today to thank you for the last 38 and a half years of faithfulness.
Faithfulness to a man and wife, faithfulness to a family, faithfulness to four congregations and faithfulness to countless individual lives.
You have made your holiness known through the consistently faithful lives of my parents.
You have made your mercy felt through their forgiveness when I sinned.
You have made your forgiveness palpable in their words of encouragement and in their embraces.
You have made your grace manifest in their kindness and generosity.
You have made your love visible in their actions toward the hurting, down- trodden, lost and sad.
Father you have made your character known through the lives of my mom and dad, We know that only Jesus displayed your character right from birth. You took two people dead in sin, brought them into life and then molded them into new creatures who reflect your beautiful image. It’s ALL you.
For this, today, we say, thank you. We praise you for your faithfulness to us through my mom and my dad. Amen