Gratitudinal Longitude

I appreciated all your encouraging/empathetic comments last week when I needed them most. I have quite a few things for which to be thankful.

  • A Messiah who loved me and gave himself for me
  • A wonderful wife who supports me 92% (and the other 8% are my myriad harebrained ideas, which she is right to oppose)
  • A son on the way, apparently healthy so far
  • A good job that pays well, with a competent, caring supervisor
  • Interesting and thoughtful coworkers–friends
  • A church that permits me to minister and supports my efforts
  • Financial blessings, including minimal loans and steady work
  • An opportunity to work on a doctorate
  • Teaching possibilities
  • Loving family, old and new
  • The writings of N.T. Wright, Richard Hays and Adele Berlin
  • Libraries full of books
  • Rhythm, music

…and many more.

I thought it would be helpful for me to make a list. I tend to focus on the interesting possibilities rather than the wonderful realities. Lord, forgive me–give me gratitude.

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About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, living and learning in Eastern Europe…an Old Testament professor and former liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth…eldest sibling to three, brother-in-law to Josh and Hannah…uncle to Marshall.
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