Surprisingly, I was notified by WordPress after posting last week’s blog entry that it was my 200th. That means that during the period of nearly 4 years I have composed a little over 100,000 words into my ‘musings about ministry in the hub of Massachusetts”. Many more people than I would ever have imagined have been a blessing to me by reading my writings about the faith, the family and the frivolous. I appreciate all your comments and ‘likes’ that the posts have produced and am overwhelmed by all those who have chosen to follow the blog. Thank you for reading. I love writing these posts each week.
When I first started all this, a respected individual advised me to glorify God in all I contribute to social media. I have tried to honor and keep that advice, avoiding personal attacks and political hot potatoes. I have compared the faith to a buffet table, a balloon caught in a tree, a vison test and piles of snow. I have spoken about moving and parenting; I have shared about birthdays and holidays; I have written about biblical figures and human crises. Through it all, I hope and pray that you, the readers, have been encouraged by God’s grace, comforted in God’s sovereignty, equipped through God’s guidance and uplifted with God’s promises.
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:5-6
God has continually provided fodder for my flights of fancy and, if this week is any indication, He will continue to supply things to muse about for some time to come. Just this week, I went to the doctor for the first time in eight years (and left the examination room with four referrals), we found out that our rental unit has been sold (and we will be moving at some point in the next 124 days), and God blessed the church with an unsolicited gift (and funded this summer’s vacation Bible school). All these things, and so much more, are cause to glorify God.
Whether you are reading because you are part of my family, part of the community of faith or part of our society that enjoys an occasional glimpse of the supernatural in the midst of the mundane, I hope you’ll continue reading. My children joke that I have the spiritual gift of connecting any object with the Bible (not a real gift, kids), so perhaps I will be writing about board games or potato chips in the near future. All I know is there is a great deal of darkness in the world and we need one another to turn on a light or two. That is what I’ve tried to do.
I will continue to write my thoughts and ‘publish’ them here every Friday morning at 9AM for as long as there are still people willing to read them. I pray that they will remain an encouragement to you and an exaltation of the Lord.