I am Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon has been in the news lately as the new host of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Recently David Henson wrote a post that describes six things that the church can learn from Jimmy Fallon.  It was a great article and through life’s circumstances and in thinking about the future I believe more and more that I am Jimmy Fallon.

In most cases it would take a lot for me to compare myself with Jimmy Fallon.  I have been a long time fan of his when I saw him on Saturday Night Live.  For awhile he was the sole reason I would watch SNL.  I loved the Weekend Update segments with him and Tina Fey. Jimmy Fallon is a young, hip, internet-savvy host who not only interviews his guests but interacts with them through events, contests and sketches.

On April 3, 2013, NBC announced that Jimmy Fallon, the host of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” would replace Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show” at the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Jimmy started on Late Night in 2009 and his last show on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” was in February 2014.

I started at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in 2008 and I left for a new call in March 2014.  So we have roughly served in our local profession the same amount of time.

After watching a sketch of Jimmy and the three “dads” of Full House, he was expressing many things I have been feeling over the last several months.

I felt the same emotions that Jimmy expressed in the video.  Like many pastors I was very sad to leave my church a place that I came to love so dearly.  But as Danny Tanner said (he has such a great way to put things into perspective) I will miss the memories that I have made at St. Mark’s but I am excited to make new memories at Faith Lutheran Church.

It has been almost two months since my transition and I still think about, wonder and care for St. Mark’s.  As I talk with friends and colleagues about the transition they say no matter how many calls a pastor has they have had they will always remember their first call.  On the other side of things I know that God has called me here to Faith Lutheran Church and I am thankful and grateful for that.

For all of my friends who are in the midst of transition themselves I hope that Danny, Jesse, Joey and Jimmy bring a little clarity and comfort as you end one chapter of your life and begin something new.

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