A While Back...
...in the Lutheran blogosphere we shared with each other our book lists (mine's here). In that post I was bragging about how many books I had.
My wife and I get a newsletter from the Lutheran Heritage Foundation (remember this is where Kung Fu Master Schulz now works because he called Prs. Benke and Kieschnick on their BS at Yankee Stadium).
In the third picture of the newsletter of a young little girl of India holding an open book (similar to the one on the left) and it's caption, '100 Bible Stories was distributed to children and adults in India. For most children, this is the only book they own. A Sunday school curriculum based on this book is planned for 2006.'
I am thankful (and ashamed) for the material things we have. So many have so little. Earlier this year we were denied into some nice government subsidized housing - we made too much on our part time jobs! It was then we realized that there were people worst off then us financially.
Consider the 1st Article of our Creeds:
The First Article.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
What does this mean?--Answer.
I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my limbs, my reason, and all my senses, and still preserves them; in addition thereto, clothing and shoes, meat and drink, house and homestead, wife and children, fields, cattle, and all my goods; that He provides me richly and daily with all that I need to support this body and life, protects me from all danger, and guards me and preserves me from all evil; and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is most certainly true.
And consider this 4th Petition of Our Lord's Prayer:
The Fourth Petition.
Give us this day our daily bread.
What does this mean?--Answer.
God gives daily bread, even without our prayer, to all wicked men; but we pray in this petition that He would lead us to know it, and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.
What is meant by daily bread?--Answer.
Everything that belongs to the support and wants of the body, such as meat, drink, clothing, shoes, house, homestead, field, cattle, money, goods, a pious spouse, pious children, pious servants, pious and faithful magistrates good government, good weather, peace, health, discipline, honor, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.
This year was better than last's by leaps and bounds: I was able to find full-time employment in one of the best aviation research labs in the country in April. This was a blessing after two years of unemployment wages and part-time work and completing vocational training at a school that was over 60 miles away for two years (I was able to finish two associate degrees - an Associate of Science in Mathematics and an Associate of Applied Science in Non-Destructive Testing).
I want to wish you a Happy New Year. We have many things to be thankful for. Do you?