Today, I had planned to share my thankfulness for a particular ministry that is near and dear to my heart and the heart of my family. If you'll oblige me, however...I'll share that next time.
Instead, today, I want to express thanks for my son. He has been blessed with the gift of expression his entire life -- in drama, in music and through his writing. It was around middle school that he began writing poetry and song lyrics. In the last couple of years, his writing has increased in frequency and taken various forms...thoughts, observations, poetry, screenplays and various ponderings, often raw and with stunning depth.
I'm quite a simple person. My "deep thoughts" aren't too incredibly deep, which is why I'm so blessed by the gift of my son's perspective. God continuously challenges me through his life, his observations and his passionate example.
He told me last night he started a blog called Paradox Ponderings. In his first post, he reflects on an awakening God gave him last year (January '07) at the Passion conference in Atlanta through a message by John Piper. He was half-way through his senior year at the time, just a couple of weeks shy of his 18th birthday. This was one of several encounters with God he was privileged to take part in that week. I remember when he came home, he could not stop talking about all he had learned and experienced. I was overwhelmed with praise and gratitude. Having seen (since then) the ways God continues to fuel, and shape and mold my son gives my heart reason to rejoice and thank Him all over again today. If time permits, please check out his blog. (Thanks!)
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May this Thursday find you Thankful...