Count My Many Blessings, Count Them One By One

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First, I am indebted to my Aunt Sandy for her purchase of the Firefly DVDs, which she shared with me this weekend. Fourteen-plus hours of Joss Whedon goodness all cram-packed into a 24-hour timespan: what more could one ask for? Well, okay, the taco soup and Mexican cornbread were really good, too. Plus, she bought deep-dish pan pizza for me, knowing that I’ve spent the better part of my life longing for it because my mother is a thin crust junkie.

Secondly, I am grateful for the job from one Robert Traylor, Jr., a past member of the Arkansas Legislature whose great-grandfather was one of the first itinerant Methodist ministers in Arkansas. Mr. Traylor has hired me to put his family history into book form, and it has thus far been a pleasure to both have that kind of work again and to learn about such a fascinating family with a rich and colorful history. I especially enjoyed the stories about the condoms hidden in the fedora and the time Cousin Lonzo burned down the outhouse when he was smoking that “wacky tobaccy.” It’s also been nice to revisit my desktop publishing roots and therefore rediscover that I haven’t completely lost my touch. I will never have the foresight to predict coming trends or even stay on top of current ones, but I do a fine job when it comes to the clean and classic look.

And finally, I’m thrilled to have a meeting tomorrow with my district superintendent to discuss the possibility of my receiving a full- or part-time pastoral appointment in June 2005. I’m certain that I’m ready for such a position, and the idea of that kind of opportunity just makes me tingle. But more than anything, perhaps, I’m proud of myself for having the guts to ask for the meeting when I’ve received so little encouragement from those are directly involved in my ministerial training outside of my seminary professors.

Right now, I’m all about the power of prayer.

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