Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Today is my 56th birthday. I’m writing this on a cruise ship somewhere in the Carribean Ocean. My family is doing really well. At my physical last week, my doctor declared me in very good health. Not only that, I am currently enjoying a three-month Sabbatical from the incredibly generous and faithful church I lead in suburban Dallas.
Today is also my 33rd wedding anniversary (anniversary and birthday on SAME DAY!). Above is a picture of me and Jana on a recent biking adventure in southern California. Hard to believe it was 33 years ago today we tied the knot! God has been very good to us.
I recently heard someone say, “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” This is very true. I have battles. I live in the same tumultuous world as you, and I feel the uncertainty of it, the challenge of it, the heaviness of it.
But today what I mostly feel is gratitude. Monumental, overwhelming gratitude. There is no way I deserve the blessings I have been given by God thus far. And even if it all falls apart tomorrow I could not complain.
Finally I thank God for all of you, friends old and new, work colleagues, family members, church members, school friends. I am grateful for having known you, having learned from you, having shared a bit of life with you.
Love and blessings to all of you!
3 thoughts on “Overwhelming gratitude…”
Dear Pastor Ernie, Happy birthday to you and happy anniversary too! The picture is very lovely and thank you for sharing your travels with us. Safe and happy traveling.
Thank you Cheryl!
This is a day that the Lord made for us. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.