I may not have many video game references for this post. I do plan on adding a new post soon as I continue to explore my TRS-80 Color Computer 2 and some of the games I have for it.
But as I write this morning, I am feeling so thankful. I’m not entirely sure what brought the feeling on. Perhaps it is because the sun has been streaming through the windows while I’ve been reading.
Maybe it’s because my men’s group has been revisiting The Shack. If you’re not familiar with the book, it was a very popular Christian novel that came out back in 2008. Some theologians praised it’s originality while others warned that it threatened orthodoxy. I’ll let you judge for yourself if you would like. It’s an inexpensive book and I recently purchased it for my Kindle for $3.99.
To summarize the story, the protagonist (Mack Phillips) has suffered a terrible loss – the kidnapping and death of his young daughter. Three years after the tragedy, he receives a note in his mailbox that seems to have been sent to him by God. The simple note invites him to spend the weekend with him at the shack. This shack is the same remote building in the woods where searchers discovered the torn and blood covered dress that his daughter had worn. Mack decides to go to the Shack and there he has an experience that forever changes him.
The strange thing is, I just finished reading the terrible tragedy in chapter four, in which Mack is going through his awful time of loss. Yet I find myself feeling such thankfulness, and even a fullness of joy. Some of you know that I went through a time of loss and sadness myself. It’s when I look back and reflect on the past few years that I can start to see that God has been my constant companion through it all. Through the times of brokenness and the times of restoration, I worship him. He knows what suffering is.
Perhaps I’m also feeling thankful because a friend sent me an email because he would like for me to learn a new song. He not only sent me a youtube link, but also sent a PDF with lyrics and chords. I have been a casual musician for many years and I play both piano and guitar. I love to sing and play worship songs. I enjoy leading small groups in song, especially on a retreat or camping trip. The song is called 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman. Here is the video below.
It’s the final verse that gets me:
And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore
I’m just so thankful for all the good that there is in my life. I’m not talking about material things. I’m talking about people, I have family and friends everywhere. I have a joy in the deepest part of me and a clear conscience when I go to sleep at night. I have people like you who have taken time to read whatever I may write in my blog. I’ve been discovering that there are more of you who think like me, people like Zachary Oliver and his website www.theologygaming.com There are others too, but Zachary has been doing a great job of pulling us together by creating a Theology Gaming Group on Facebook and even starting a Podcast. Good things are happening.