I listen to a lot of National Public Radio and I’ve noticed that guests often say, “Thank you for having me,” when the interview ends. It’s an interesting thing to say and I wonder what they mean.
- Thank you for letting me share my perspective?
- Thank you for giving me air time?
- Thank you for including me?
- Thank you for the invitation?
After a lovely weekend – having been invited to lead two retreats and participate in a colleague’s installation into a new pastoral position – I said, “Thank you for having me,” more than once. It’s the “having me” that’s strange.
Did they really “have me“? They welcomed me and they appreciated me, but they didn’t exactly “have me.” Maybe I’m weary or maybe I’m taking “in life and in death we belong to God“ too seriously.
But I’m grateful that God has me and I’m happy to loan myself out to others. Have a good week.