Thank you, Lord, for a great year

Light reflects light on the canal next to my condo / I didn't really see the beauty until I looked at the photo
Light reflects light on the canal next to my condo / I didn’t really see the beauty until I looked at the photo

Dear Friends / Dear God,

These are the things I am thankful for during 2011. . .

(not in any particular order)

+ Celebrating 50 years of my writing, editing, publishing and graphic design career.

+ My noble companion Shivvy of fourteen years whom we put to sleep on November 15th                                                                                              

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

+ Realizing that I am a thinking / feeling / willing /  imperfect human being

+ My neurologist declaring that there is no longer any trace of Parkinson’s that I had quite severely since 2006.

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

+ My talent for writing and photography

+ The sun, the clouds, the flowers, the trees, the ducks  and my lovely condo I enjoy every day

+ For the people I care for

+ For the people who care for me

+ My trusty Macbook Pro computer

+ A crystal clear pool in our condo courtyard in which to swim laps

+ Beginning a Scuba certification course that I’ll complete in the spring when the ocean warms up!

+ The gift of contemplative prayer every morning

+ For You! my faithful readers.

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

“Rejoice always,

             Pray without ceasing.

In all circumstances give thanks,

            for this is God’s will  for you in Christ Jesus.”

I Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Now, before you go, here’s a beautiful slideshow with great music simply entitled “Thank You, God.” Click here.

Thank YOU, my beloved readers.

May 2012 be a good year for you and your family.

Bob Traupman

contemplative writer

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