Todd, it is so good to hear from you!!!!
As I am sure you are finding out, the older we get we have MORE to offer others. We may not be able to physically do what we used to, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually we have more to offer than when we were younger. Life experience makes us more able to not only sympathize but empathize and maybe even truly know what someone is going through because you have gone down that same path. I don't find it a surprise that you are one of those "people persons".....your whole life has made you what you are today; and for one I am so happy that you are still here kicking ass and taking names!
Continued prayers for you and your wonderful church and adopted family.