The gate is left open just for you so come on in and sit a spell, kick your shoes off, eat supper, and maybe sing a song. This is what we were meant to do with each other, and, in the Welcome Series, it is this invitation that I have painted for you. Sure, it is an attractive cabin that we would all love to experience or maybe even retreat to, but more than that, I want you to experience the longing of being wanted and sought after. So, please, come on up to the rocking chair and sit for a while so you can hear the sounds of the night creatures and feel the warmth and love of good friends. You may not have felt the invitation of your presence strongly before, but I want you to feel it now, on this summer evening – Welcome!
~ Mark Keathley