What a night! Even hours later, I still feel a bit overwhelmed. What a pleasure to experience the outpouring of love we all have for you (which of course was no surprise, but it was still breathtaking to witness). I’m so very grateful that you allowed me to be a part of it.
The evening verified what I’ve suspected all along – that you have had just as profound an effect on other people as you have had on me. Did you know that your “modest little show,” and your loving stewardship of it, was a turning point for so many?
Over the past year, you have altered the trajectory of people’s lives. You’ve done it by staying sober a day at a time; by embracing your many gifts with infectious and unbounded enthusiasm; by living life on life’s terms; and by following your heart even into the scary places. In short, you’ve done it by just becoming Mark in all of his sequined, sincere, and courageously imperfect glory and brilliance. You allowed God to work through you to help others; and because you did, some rivers now flow a different course. That’s a very powerful thing.
Thank you, Mark, thank you so much for being exactly who you are. I love you.