Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Day

This was the first year that I did not celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving in the traditional fashion. A close second would be the Thanksgiving Day that Susan and I met in NYC to fly to India. That year I was thankful for my parent's blessing, for we left America right after the attacks in Mumbai. But today, as I reflected on 2011, I have so much for which to be thankful! Several friends advised me this time last year to write down the stories of God's faithfulness and provision as I was in the process of moving here. As you might have guessed, I did not do that. So this morning, I wrote down all the stories that I could remember (and numbered them as I went along, just for kicks). My hand was quite tired afterwards, for I wrote down 126 stories!!!! God has done immeasurably more than I could ever ask or imagine!!!! Many of those stories are of how God used you to bless me. So thank you all for your prayers and support the past 365 days!

Ironically, another story I wrote down in my journal was the reason why 24 November, 2011, was such a non-traditional Thanksgiving day. That evening, we hosted the 1st Annual David Jack Memorial Lecture. We celebrated David's life, his passion for sharing the love of Christ with those around him, and his desire to advance God's Kingdom in the area of science and medicine. In fact, David was writing a book titled, Molecular Romance. So it was appropriate that Dr. John Patrick gave the lecture titled, Molecular Romance: Is there more to life than science? Many of his peers and professors were in attendance and were challenged that "...if you love him, do some of the things he was doing... read outside the box." I am thankful that God is being glorified even in David's death. I am thankful, for him, that he is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior.

The David Jack Memorial Lecture titled, Molecular Romance: Is there more to life than science?can be found at:

This photo was taken at Ninewells in February 2010, when we came over for the CMF national conference. David couldn't make it to the conference, but we had lunch with him to celebrate and discuss our future plans of moving to Dundee!

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