Invocation delivered at the opening session of the 126th annual convention of the Virginia Bankers Association:
June 17, 2019
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Father/Mother God, divine Source of all resources:
As we gather this week to learn, share, and support each other in making Virginia’s banking industry the best it can possibly be, we stop first to give you thanks.
Thank you for your innumerable blessings in all our lives.
Thank you for our ability to gather surrounded by such comfort, hospitality, and natural beauty.
Thank you for our VBA leadership, past and present, and
Thank you for all those in each of our organizations who make it possible for us to do our important work of empowerment and service.
As we gather in your name, we acknowledge your presence among us.
Open our ears to hear your voice.
Open our minds to receive your wisdom.
Open our spirits to receive your guidance.
May we always remember—whether we are with peers, with employees, or with customers—our most valuable currency is not money. Our most valuable currency is:
We ask your blessing on all our deliberations, decisions, and fellowship during our time together. May they always glorify and honor you.
Elizabeth H. Cottrell, Board Chairman
First Bank, First National Corporation