“Christmas is not only a season of rejoicing but of reflection,” once mused Winston Churchill.
I think the atmosphere of the holiday season, coupled with winter weather and the close of another year all adds up to a time where we tend to ponder the past, consider the present and anticipate the future.
Søren Kierkegaard is credited with saying that “life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Indeed we look back to see where we were, how far we have come, and to consider where we are going.
Reflection requires self-examination. Calls for consideration. Involves observation. And demands insight. Reflection is a time to delve into the storehouse of our memory bank to see what is there. When we do, we will discover many blessings for which to be thankful.
For Norma Jean and me, 2017 has been a good year. We’ve been blessed with good health. Great friends. And a loving, caring church family. We’ve been provided with opportunities to serve, share and minister. For this, we are grateful and humbled.
This month marks the completion of our sixth year publishing the ThePreachersWord. Six years ago I was looking for a way to expand my ministry. Time and opportunity had come together in an unexpected and unique way for me to consider blogging as a means to share the Word.
We began with no readers, no posts, and no “hits.” Today, according to WordPress, this is post #1657. We have 4,307 followers and 164 topics categorized for easy reference. ThePreachersWord has been read in 200 countries and territories around the world. Our posts have been reblogged. Copied for bulletin articles. Used for short talks. Delivered as Lord supper talks. Presented as devotionals. Developed as an outline for Bible classes. And become the seed thoughts for sermons.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to share some thoughts that encourage, edify and uplift. And maybe even enlighten or inspire. Although we are turning a new chapter in our lives in 2018 with regard to located work and leaving West Main, I plan to continue preaching, teaching, writing and publishing ThePreachersWord during the coming year.
As we close 2017, we’re going to take a little break from publishing new posts while we relax, enjoy the season, spend time with family, and reflect upon the coming year and plan for new opportunities. So, for the final days of 2017, we want to reblog the top 10 posts of the year based on reader views. It will be fun to see what our readers have enjoyed and shared with others. Plus it’s an opportunity for new readers to peek into the past!
We rejoice for whatever good has been accomplished in the past 6years, and for whatever way our readers have been helped, encouraged and edified. We appreciate our readers’ comments, questions, suggestions, and words of encouragement. Most of all, may God be glorified through this effort.
Norma Jean and I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May God Richly Bless you.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman