Actually, I anticipate nothing. My life has taken so many previously unimaginable twists and turns over the past six years that I have abandoned the concept of predictability.
But this is one of the churches in which I preached last month. The community reminded me so much of the one in which I spent my childhood that I felt at home immediately.
I have spent most of my adult life in a suburban city of tremendous energy and diversity, a city in which graduate degrees and liberal politics abound. The American cities I like best are Chicago and Portland, and the small town I dream of is Silverton, Oregon.
But there are lots of ways to live and be in this world. As the husband who thought he was getting a lawyer wife and ended up with a seminary student said last summer, "Life is full of surprises."