Scripture for the day:
Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
7 So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. 8 God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.
9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
“May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation.” How’s that for a life goal in a nutshell?
Things for which I am grateful today:
1) Good literature. I have spent the past two days immersed in such works as The Book Thief, The Brothers Karamazov, and The End of Education, by Markus Zusak, Dostoevsky, and Neil Postman, respectively.
2) The patience and support of my parents. I would be an utter failure at this “adult” thing if I couldn’t call them up most hours of day or night and weep and wail and rend my garments and pour ashes on my head while they look on in patient amusement.
3) The health food store right down the road. I love going there and just wandering around the aisles. They think I’m a bit mad. But it’s ok–they’re health food store owners, and as such can be assumed to be bit mad themselves.
4) Thanks to being persistently sick and mostly housebound, I’ve saved a ton of gas money over the past few weeks. I’ve also lost about 10 pounds in about a week and a half. (Note: this is an incredibly unhealthy rate at which to lose weight. I do not espouse this as a good weight loss tool. I’m just trying to find a silver lining here).
5) I’ve actually accomplished a bit in terms of my “real” writing over the past couple days. It’s nice to see articles, query letters, and dreams taking shape, if slowly and imperfectly.
Just a few more days, y’all! What are you grateful for?