Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Lord, "Grant" Us...

Today is my first official day to blog. In fact, today is my first time ever to blog! Alex has been patiently waiting for this day to arrive; and, lo and behold, it is here at last. I have now been the Interim Executive Director of TCASK for a month and five days and am excited about what has been accomplished this year. Even more exciting are the strides we will make in Tennessee in 2007 as we begin our strongest push ever for a legislative moratorium in the next session. I have spent a good deal of my time this last month focusing on our financial footing and specifically have been working on a major grant for TCASK. The finishing touches have just been completed, and the grant went in the mail today! Oh Lord, grant us!

As I am already entertaining thoughts of turkey and dressing today, I also reflect upon the many people for which I am thankful:

  • for Alex Wiesendanger, my colleague, whose energy and vision amaze me
  • for Amy Staples, the Chair of the TCASK board, whose leadership is inspiring
  • for James Staub, Vice Chair of the board, who is infinitely patient and helpful with my technological challenges
  • for chapters in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Rutherford County, and at MTSU who are dedicated to ending the death penalty
  • for each and every volunteer and donor to TCASK who enable us to do the work that needs to be done
  • for people like Joyce House, Hector and Susie Black, Clemmie Greelee, Regina Hockett, Charlie Strobel and others who are willing to share their painful stories in order to change minds and hearts concerning the death penalty

Of course, there are so many other people to thank, but I don't have the room! What I am most thankful for this year is that I have been given the opportunity to dedicate my full time work and ministry to the abolition of the death penalty in my home state. I am grateful for the many people with whom I share this work and look forward to what we will do together in the months ahead. Hopefully, the Lord will grant us in whatever ways we need granting!!!

Comments :

Someone else is blogging! It's a beautiful thing, 'cause I'm not creative enough to come up with something clever every day.

Welcome to the blogosphere, Stacy!
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