In what has become an annual tradition, I have again asked Pat Tracy to
offer a blesing for us all.
Happy holidays to each of you and those you care about, and may we all
have the best year ever in 2008.
The Job of the Week
This year, I'm [again] taking a different tack on this. I look at last
year's blessing, and wonder how we have responded to its challenge.
HAVE WE TRULY BEEN THANKFUL for the blessings God has bestowed on us
as individuals, as families, as a nation?
HAVE WE taken the time to SHARE THAT THANKFULNESS WITH THOSE WHO ARE
or have recently been IN HARM'S WAY, to ensure we maintain those
HAVE WE DONE SOMETHING to improve the lot of those less fortunate
For our “community blessing” this year, I propose we each consider those
questions, and send in our responses –> not just our “yes” or “no”, but
specific actions people took. Reading the collective responses will
certainly be a blessing to all who participate, and clearly show the
impact the JOTW network has, right around the world… and hopefully
will spur us on to more (and even greater) outreach in the coming year.
I realize my job has more 'built-in' opportunities than most, but
overseas travels this year included stops in China, Hong Kong, Macau,
the Philippines, Korea, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia and
Croatia. I helped to build a community center, am engaged in a start-up
effort to bring training and affordable permanent housing to homeless
people in Asia, Africa and India, and am working to provide both
monetary and practical aid for those who are sacrificing daily to get
good literature into the hands of readers formerly behind the Iron
Curtain. As a family, we
have supported various efforts equipping and encouraging Soldiers,
Sailors, Airmen and Marines serving in Iraq & Afghanistan, plus those
preparing to go from CONUS. We also return thanks by serving our
community through our local church (both financially and with hands-on
help). Along with 4 other couples, we make and deliver 75 meals to
local homeless shelters on a monthly basis.
Thank you, Lord, for making all this possible. It is only because of
Your gifts that we are able to share with others. Keep us healthy in
the coming year, and alert to the opportunities You send for us to
For His glory,