If you have a front porch that neighborhood friends frequent, or if you’ve ever had company over to your house, you know the feeling I’m about to describe. It’s the expectant eagerness you feel when your guests start to show up. It’s the warmth that you muse in when you sit back and simply see them interacting with one another — pushing and leaning into the other, listening and learning from their new acquaintances. It’s the subtle disbelief you have that hides behind the smirk on your face as you shake your head and think, “That boy crazy…” or “Here she goes again!”
Most of all, it’s the joy you get from sharing edifying conversations — that focus on what you’re most passionate about — with whom you’re most passionate about. It’s gratitude, really. And we on The Front Porch are full of it.
We launched the porch a little over a year ago (September, 2013) with the hope of creating a space for conversations about biblical faithfulness in African-American churches and beyond. We had a great year with what we pray were some fruitful conversations that’ll hopefully have resounding effects for the kingdom. Many of you, our readers, have sent us encouraging notes, tweets, and the like.
And we simply want to say, “Thank you!” We want to say “thank you” in the loud voice your momma used when she called your late butt back inside the house. You know, when she told you to be home before the streetlights came on, but you were trying to get in that last few minutes of play. That voice. That loud, “don’t-make-me-call-yo-behind-again!” voice. Not because we’re angry, but because we want you to hear us.
Thank you for sharing our resources and ministry with others. Thank you for sharing yourself with us through comments, emails, and other encouragements. Thank you for your disagreements. Thank you for stopping by the new website. Thank you, folks, we are grateful for you — especially because you’ve stuck around as we’ve been figuring this whole online-publication thing out.
We’re learning as we’re going, and we’d be happy to have your prayers and company as we press on. Pray for us to have wisdom in the topics we address. Pray for fruit in the Bride of Christ, that she’d have a renewed faithfulness to her first love, our Lord. Pray that we would keep on keepin’ on in a manner worthy of God’s glory. May that always be the greatest motivation for our work, as we still have some left to do.
Yes, we still have much work to do and consider ourselves just getting started, Lord willing. I was choppin’ it up with Tony Carter and he quoted a Robert Frost line that struck me:
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
The Front Porch still has some miles to go. Thanks for joining us on the journey thus far, and know that you’re always welcome to c’mon up and join the conversation. Here’s to the next year.