I keyed up my mic and said my callsign phonetically. "Kilowatt Delta Zero Echo Tango Echo" I must have partially doubled with someone because the NC only caught the tail end of my callsign. After sending it again he was able to copy it completely. I waited again until the NC said "KDØETE, please come now with your comments." Then I keyed up the mic again and said hi to everyone checked in, gave them a brief update as well as current weather information for Eastern Montana.
When the net was done I got to talk to Lynn (WØND) the previous president of the Souris Valley Amateur Radio club in Minot, ND, that I'm still a member of, and is the Section Manager of North Dakota. I also got to talk to Bernie (WDØGMD) Bernie is a retired music teacher and used to work for my grandfather back in the 70's. It was great to talk to my ham friends again. They both cheerfully welcomed me back to the airwaves and caught up on what had been going on with my "missionary work" in Eastern Montana.
I plan on heading down to my office again daily and checking into the net. Some of those guys are close friends. My daughters even recognize their voices. It's one of the groovy things about Amateur radio: you make some good friends, and even when you've been gone a long time, they say how they've missed hearing you on the air welcome you back with open arms.
Though not a direct parallel, it's similar to the relationship we have with the Father through his Son. Many times we seem to walk away from Him, distance ourselves from Him, even forget about Him as we delve into our own wants in this life. The thing is, if God has saved you, He has done so completely. Though we may have wandered away from God, He has never wandered away from us.
Soli Deo Gloria