We travel a lot. Recently, after a long journey, we returned to our always awaiting stack of mail, most of it junk. While sifting and sorting, imagine our complete and utter surprise as we pulled the FINAL edition of Priority magazine out of the ever burgeoning pile. We had no idea!
As you can imagine, my emotions are running high right now as I write, having just read through the FINAL edition. During those initial years, the creation of Priority! was all consuming with me, something I was very passionate about. I think I spent more time down in Linda's office, than in my own. And then, into retirement, watching it take on an ever expanding "life of its own" was thrilling and satisfying indeed. The “Letters to the Editor" speak volumes.
Had I known, I would have written a letter to the editor myself for this edition. It would have read something like this:
God's timing is always perfect. It was a small staff in the Publications Department: Linda Johnson, Warren Maye, Bob Mitchell and Peter Hanke - a perfect team, each with a commitment and set of gifts second to none. Linda caught the vision immediately, brilliantly pulling it all together for me, even with my constantly breathing down her neck. Thank you Linda and team for 15 groundbreaking years of excellence!
A time for everything? "A time to move on?" Perhaps. Obviously, I was not part of the discussion leading to this decision, so not privy to the complete rationale for the demise of Priority! Were I there, would I have done it differently? Perhaps. Maybe I’d add an Internet, interactive version, along with the creation of Priority.tv. But alas, I'm no longer there. And besides, as it so clearly says in Ecclesiastes (paraphrased): “A time for everything under the sun, a time to TC and a time not to TC!
PS “Ever is The War Cry!” (-: