Reasons to be Thankful – Reflections on 55 years!

Praise the LORD, my soul;

all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

2 Praise the LORD, my soul,

and forget not all his benefits—

3 who forgives all your sins

and heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit

and crowns you with love and compassion,

5 who satisfies your desires with good things

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Ps 103)


Yesterday was my 55th birthday – so I thought I would list 55 of the many gifts the Lord has granted to me….they are in alphabetical order (and there could be so many more)

Annabel; Andrew and Caireen;  Augustine; Bach; Balgay Hill and Baxter Park; Becky and Pete; Beethoven; the Bible; my Bike;  Books;

Charleston church plant; David and Nina Meredith; Dostovesky; Duke Ellington;  Dundee;  Dundee Cycle path; Easter Ross; Edinburgh;  my Elders and Deacons;  EJ;

wider Family;Garden; Government;  I-Phone; the Internet; Isla; the four Johns – Owen, Flavel, Newton and Calvin;  John and Betty Ellis;  Leonard Cohen, Macbook Air;


Neil and Mary Campbell; Nespresso; the NHS; Os Guinness; Parents still thriving in their eighties;  the Peat Inn; Preaching; Private Eye;  the Psalms; Scallops;

the Scilian Cafe;  Scotland; Sinclair and Dorothy Ferguson; Skype; Solas; the Spectator; St Peters congregation and building; St Peters staff (John, Sulvi and Natalie); Sunshine; Strawberries;

Talisker; Tim Keller; Toppings bookshop in St Andrews; clean Water; the West Wing;

I thank the Lord for all  these many tokens of his goodness and love (and there are many more)….but without Christ they are empty – along with him he graciously gives us all things.

1Tim. 6:17    Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.


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