I don’t know about you but I can hardly believe turkey day is here! Looking back over this past year a lot has happened and changed and I sure do have so much to be thankful for. Lately, however, I have been challenged to view my thankfulness in a new light; giving thanks not because my circumstances are kind but because God is with me.
Thinking back to the first thanksgiving harvest, the Pilgrims were, by modern standards, in deep poverty. The previous winter more than half the Pilgrims had died from weather, hunger and illness. But they were not shaken in faith. Their grief did not paralyze them. They were thankful for the life they had. They were thankful for food, even simple rations. They were thankful for peace. They were fleeing religious persecution, and felt blessed to be on good terms with the Native Americans. They knew they were strangers and pilgrims, guests on land that had not been theirs. They were so thankful for the small amount they had, that they were willing to share it with their potential enemies, the Indians. This was not a shrewd political maneuver — it was an honest expression of being thankful for what God had given. The Pilgrims always kept God in the picture. Whatever happened, He allowed, and whatever the circumstances, they were to be used for his glory. With that conviction, I can indeed be thankful for all things.
A couple of weeks ago Michael and I took the corgis for a walk in the Hopkinton State Park. It was an amazingly beautiful day with the leaves still in color on the trees. Below are a few pictures from our adventure.
Me and the ladies posing with my new car.
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I’m stepping away from our usual posts of personal life for a moment. What you’re about to see is so cool that I couldn’t resist sharing it with you on our blog. Christianity Today has posted an image of Biblical cross references. For me, seeing a visual representation of a deep truth is beautiful and profound on many levels. The graph won an honorable mention in the 2008 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, which was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Science journal.
When Christoph Römhild, a Lutheran pastor in Hamburg, Germany, sent Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. student Chris Harrison a list of 63,779 cross-references between the Bible’s 1,189 chapters, the two became enthralled with elegantly showing the interconnected nature of Scripture. Each bar along the horizontal axis represents a chapter, with the length determined by the number of verses. (Books alternate in color between white and light gray.) Colors represent the distance between references. Graphic by Chris Harrison, Carnegie Mellon University.
Before the wedding, my brother Daniel came up a week early to hang out with Revel and I and enjoy MA for a while. One day we went to the Charles River in Newton and rented kayaks. It was a beautiful sunny day and I thought it might be good for me to be out in the sun before heading to Hawaii. 🙂
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For the last couple of years Ocean Spray has been filming their commericals on my dad’s bog. My family is BIG into industry and are proud to be owners-members of the cooperative. Below are a few pictures of the filming they did this year.
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Moving up to Milford has proven to have its advantages. Within minutes of where we’re living we have access to numerous walking trails. The ladies (Tasha and Daisy) have been enjoying themselves as well!
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Ok…so we’ve been back for a while now, but we are now back on the blog as well. On August 30, Revel and I were married in Carver, MA. Then we had a great honeymoon to Hawaii (Kauai and Maui). We uploaded a bunch of pictures, so check them out.
Hope you enjoy them.
Now that Revel and I have settled in a bit into married life, hopefully we will have some more time to make this blog active again. Stay Tuned!