October 21, 2009
It's been great
Yesterday I learned that I'm joining the ranks of the unemployed at the end of this month. Suddenly the term "Reduction In Force" has become very personal. There are so many reasons for falling circulation and shrinking ad dollars at our magazine as well as for many newspapers and magazines. So I'm not going into that here. The point of this blog is just to say thanks to all of you who have been partners with me and with the magazine(s) through the years.
I've been with The Lutheran for 22 years, 10 of those as managing editor and the last two as executive editor of The Little Lutheran (and only recently of The Little Christian ). It's been quite a ride. I've been privileged to interview amazing people who shared such stories of grace, ministry, love and God's activity in their lives. I've been privileged to bring to birth two children's magazines to let the youngest among us know how very deeply God loves them. I've been blessed to travel in places of the world that most people never see. I've listened. I've cried with people as they shared their stories. I've rejoiced with them. I've laughed. I've tried to give them hope. I've shared Christ's love with them. And I've tried to faithfully retell their stories so that you, the readers, would care. It's been an immense privilege to have done this for all these years. My life is enriched because of that. I am incredibly grateful to God for these years and for this opportunity.
Thanks to all of you, the readers. For without you, we would do none of this. Please continue to hold these magazines in prayer, that they may serve this church and serve you well too, dear readers.