Tuesday, April 1, 2008

What time is it?

It's D-Day! I'm leaving for Lagos, Nigeria today. I'm at once thrilled yet reticent. I'm excited to visit the land of my birth which holds so much affection in my heart, yet I'm not really looking forward to my mother-in-law's funeral. The fragility that represents life makes me all the more grateful for each day that I'm alive. I'm especially grateful for a wife and kids who constantly teach me what it means to love unconditionally. I'm grateful for my bicycle, it gives me the liberty to eat one more lemon bar. Most of all though, I'm particularly grateful today that Delta has a non-stop flight from Atlanta to Lagos so I don't have to fly for a week (slight exaggeration)via Europe to get to Nigeria.


So while I'm traveling today, and you're busy doing what it is you do... would you spare a moment and finish this thought:

Today I'm really grateful for...

9 comments:

Hope said...

I pray travel mercies over you Joseph.

Today, I'm really grateful that God chose me and that He never gave up while waiting for me to open the door He had been knocking on, so patiently, for 43 years!

Jessy said...

Today I am really grateful for seeing improvements all around me. Improvements that could have only come from the Lord's grace, mercy and patience.

Gapper said...

... Blogs! They allow you to stay in touch with or pray for someone far away. Gentle journey Pastor Joeseph.

Ms Harkins said...

... having found this blog and you and all the nice thoughts you bring to us...

Have a nice trip. It is always nice to recharge batteries.

Thea said...

Today I'm really grateful for a wonderful husband who loves God more than he loves me and for 2 beautiful healthy baby girls. My heart is overflowing having just added 1 more to the family 2 weeks ago...I am so blessed and so grateful.

Safe travels to you and your family - we'll be praying for you all during this trip and the funeral.

Joey said...

...Life, love, relationships, health, fun, pain, joy, sadness, truth...

Joseph said...

Hope, Gapper, Alison, Joey, thanks so much for your prayers and thoughtfulness. Hopefully you'll visit Nigeria this week through my blog. We value your prayers this week.

Joseph said...

Thea, you are so kind and thoughtful (just like you've always been). I am grateful for friends like you!

Joseph said...

Jessy, I know your pastor's are grateful for someone like you!