Thanksgiving Sunday 2014
Let us give thanks to the Lord for his many mercies,
For his steadfast love, which lasts forever!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good (Psalm 107:1)
It has been almost one year since we relocated to our new facility. Wow, does time fly! I’ll be taking some space in an upcoming column to reflect on our move to Stone Hill. Today, however, I want to give thanks for some more personal things. First, I have become a grandfather again. Paul Stanley Ristuccia, son of Nathan and Grace, was born in Chicago on October 31. He is named for his grandfather and great grandfather: specifically, for me (my middle name is Paul) and Karen’s dad, Stanley Holditch.
Second, I am thankful for the conclusion of a process that began back in April 2012, when I gave a series of five talks at Patrick Henry College, Virginia. My text was the Book of Ezekiel, and I focused on the four visions that the prophet received. The talks became the spark for a book that is to be released at the end of this month, Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind (published by Crossway and available as a pre-order on Amazon.com). My co-author, Gene Veith, and I will be doing a book reading at Stone Hill on Monday evening, December 1.
Finally, I am thankful for the volunteer ministry of Bob Doll, who has led our church choir since the fall of 1989. That’s twenty-five years as choir director! Thank you, Lord, for Bob’s years of faithful service. A collage of thanksgivings from choir members follows: So many words come to mind when I think of Bob: humble, servant, encouraging, professional, musical, dedicated, wise, funny… Bob is always there (and always punctual!)… The beauty of the pieces Bob has chosen, both in their lyrics and melodies, has blessed me greatly… Bob’s love for music is contagious… Bob’s warmth and generosity in rehearsal enables the choir to sing generously…. Bob is a musical blessing to the choir every Sunday morning… Bob has blessed me with his incredible ability to lead by example. Amen!