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Thanksgiving post

Yes, I know I have not written in a while.  This I may discuss at some other point.  However, since gratitude is on my mind at present, here is a list of things for which I am thankful (a couple days late, I know).

I am thankful. . .

  • for God, the Father-Mother, mine, the only One who will forever be strength, love, breath, life, and caregiver to me.
  • for old friends who love me and are willing to be my support (Mico, Dan, Abby, Brad, etc).
  • for new friends who are receptive to me and who I have enjoyed getting to know (Mariella, David, Valerie, Philip, etc).
  • for being in Boston which has given me joy and freedom that I had not have previously thought possible.
  • for my family (and extended family) who puts up with a lot from me at times and loves me despite my flaws.
  • for the financial resources to be able to go to graduate school and to travel.
  • for finding Park Street Church and being able to connect with passionate Christians.
  • for my mistakes and rebellions against God, without which my relationship with God would not be as frank, meaningful, or dynamic.
  • for innumerable opportunities for reconciliation, restoration, and healing.
  • for my life and for living, because such things are joys in themselves.
  • for Tyler, however fleeting our friendship may or may not be.  He has been such a blessing to me.

Well, that’s all you get for now, folks.  Goodnight.

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There are some aspects of life are that are just beautiful and profound by the value that we give it. That we have the capacity to enjoy different aspects of life despite the difficulties we go through is a reflection of the blessings given by our Creator. The depth and breadth of the human experience, of human emotion, surely is captured only in part by poetry, by art, by any creative faculty of ours. So I will tell of a few things that give me much pleasure in life, and hopefully, it will make you recall the things which you love:

::solitude::
This is not to be confused with loneliness. I find that the times I am alone, I am most acutely aware of God and of who I am in him. Finding my identity in him is certainly a source of joy, and I would recommend it to you if you have not ever experienced this. 🙂

::study::
This must be the nerd in me. Once I get into my “zone” I find great pleasure and fulfillment in my work, in my ability to comprehend concepts. The attitude you bring to your work so greatly affects what you get from it, and even the “harder” work is less tedious and tiring when you find some form of love for it.

::friendship::
It would be most unfortunate if we did not have friends to turn to. We all need someone to relate to on some level or another. On a purely platonic level, we still need people to share in our experiences and in our way of thinking. We grow from it. We find our worth and meaning from deep friendships. We learn how to better interact and relate to others. Yes, I do love to talk and get to know people. On a romantic level, it extends to being with someone who gets you, someone who knows you and values who you are, someone who you can share yourself with on a deeper level. To know and to be known….

::dogs::
Yes, I’m sure some of you knew this one would be there. How could it not? They bring a joy to my heart that rivals the purity of my friendship with almost any person outside of my close circle of friends. Why this is, I’m not certain. I’m sure it has something to do with their happy manners and the straight-forward nature of their interaction with me. Uncomplicated can be a very good thing at times.

::hot soaks::
You probably know that I’ve been pretty stressed out lately and staying up later than I normally would. Well, this is a way for me to unwind and reflect on things. It is good meditation time for me, that’s for sure. Step back from it all, and your worries become less imminent and important. Step back from it all, and God speaks in a new way… For that time of the day, I don’t have to do anything, and I’m grateful for that.

::scripture::
I’m going to admit that scripture is not always pleasurable. It takes discipline to read it sometimes, especially when I’ve already read particular passages many times. We don’t always feel like reading or hearing from God. In those times, I would encourage you to do it anyway. Read a portion you don’t often go to. Look at what someone else has to say about it. Write about how it speaks into your life. There are a multitude of ways you can interact with the text… I’ve come to it with an attitude of reverence and openness, and I’ve been surprised at how much I actually gain from it. And that is always a source of joy.

I would hope this feeling is a universal thing, but you know me. I’m not one to be quick to jump to conclusions. 😉

“What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.” Ecc. 3:9-13.

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