Bless the Lord O my soul!

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:1-2).

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On this Thanksgiving weekend, Linda and I want to join the psalmist in thanking the LORD for his many graces in our lives.  Here are a few of the benefits we are remembering this year.

Our salvation in Christ:  The most significant and most enduring benefit we have is the gift of salvation we have been given through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The Word of God:  This month is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a time when the authority and centrality of the Word of God was rediscovered.  We are grateful for the Scriptures which are a lamp to our feet and a light to our path in this darkened world (Psalm 199:105).

Our marriage and family:  This summer, we celebrated our 34th anniversary.  I (Rick) am thankful to be married to a woman who loves the Lord, is my best friend and partner in life and ministry.  We also are grateful for the three wonderful children God has given us.

Grandparenthood:  Ryan and Jenny are waiting the birth of their first child (and our first grandchild) in January.

Continued Health:  I (Rick) recently had my annual blood work done and got the good news that I am still cancer free (6 years).

Completed Studies:  On September 15th, Linda submitted the complete draft of her dissertation for her Doctorate in Education.  She is now gearing up for her defence on November 3 and graduation (hooray!) from Southern Seminary on December 8th.

Friends near and far:   We’re thankful for the way friends (like many of you) enrich our lives.  As we travel, it is such a joy to meet with each one of you!

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