Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.
Another year is drawing to a close, and here I sit doling out money to various people and entities (both charitable and governmental). 2008 has been a year of unplanned expenses, and many folks have heard me exclaim more than once, “Money is just POURING out of my house!” Good riddance to a year of hurricane damage, squirrels in the attic, oral surgery, multi car air conditioner problems, a cross country move by Shannon, computer woes, TMJ, etc.
But in spite of all the aforementioned “surprises”, I can honestly look back on 2008 with fond memories of happy times. We had some great trips to New Orleans, New York (several), Las Vegas and Colorado (several). Graduation weekend up at Bard was particularly memorable, with both of Shannon’s grandmothers able to accompany us and participate in the celebration. As for the cross country moving trips to CO, while they were not exactly FUN, they were a wonderful opportunity to just spend time with Shannon as we worked to get her moved and settled in. I recall much laughter along the way…
Speaking of Shannon, she is in a good situation, with a job offer extended just this month, for which we are all thrilled, most of all her! She is healthy, loved, sporting a new engagement ring from her precious Kat, whom we love dearly. Their future looks bright, and it’s a real joy to contemplate that fact.
We two are also healthy and happy, blessed beyond measure with a home filled with love, family, dear pets and friends. We are so grateful for our church family, who have lifted us up in times of worry; I don’t know what people do without a church home! Both of us get so much pleasure serving alongside our friends from St. Luke’s; it’s so true what they say that those who serve benefit from the positive experience.
To mark the end of this calendar year’s postings, I hearken back to my original blog entry of November 25, 2006:
… because this morning I once again heard the wild geese as they migrated down this way; those who know me understand how special this particular experience is to me. It centers me almost as much as the most spectacular sacred music performances do.
In particular, the geese tell me to step back, be still, simplify, listen to the small sounds that are often overlooked in our plugged in, high tech world and then savor them.
And so with all the anticipation of Christmas plus a visit from Shannon and Kat on the horizon, I wish to each and every one of you a most blessed holiday! Merriest Christmas and a most happy 2009!
note: pewperson will return on Saturday, January 3.