16 years. That's a long time to miss someone.
But today we're going to focus on celebrating instead of missing. I'm going to look my people in the eye and tell them a story about this man they've never met. I will fill my table with new friends and good food. I will open my heart and mind to the truth of His Word and praise His faithfulness with my church family. I will remember his laugh, his voice, his gestures and maybe cry some.
But mostly, I will celebrate this life that I live and his indelible influence that runs through my life like a strong, bright cord.