Thank you, Lord, for a great year

Dear Friends / Dear God,

These are the things I am thankful for during 2009. . .

(not in any particular order)

+ Forty years of priestly ministry

+ Getting this blog up and running

+ Inaugurating an online edition of my Arise reflection / letter

+ My faithful companion Shivvy

+ My trusty burgundy Mitsubishi Eclipse Spider convertible which is so fun to drive

+ An awesome reunion with many friends

+ My new condo home and my wonderful neighbors

+ That I am a thinking / feeling / willing /  imperfect human being

+ Seeing the awesome fall foliage in October

+ Being in the mountains and driving on curvy roads

+ Good health

+ My weaknesses which make me depend on God for my strength

+ Meeting my Austrian cousins for the first time

+ My talent for writing and photography

+ The sun, the clouds, the flowers, the trees, the ducks I enjoy every day

+ For the people I care for

+ For the people who care for me

+ My faithful Macbook Pro computer

+ A great pool in which to do laps

+ A large refund on my taxes that paid for my trip

+ The gift of contemplative prayer every morning

+ And finally, my loving relationship with my heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and my Catholic faith

Rejoice always, pray constantly and for all things give thanks to God — I Thessalonians 5:18

Thank YOU, my beloved readers.

May 2010 be a good year for you and your family.

Bob Traupman

priest / writer

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