Dear God, today I thank you for another year of life!
Today, I am fifty-four years old. I don’t remember what I thought this age would be like. I imagine I dreamed I would be a mother of adult children and possibly a grandmother by now. I probably envisioned a house in the country with a big yard. It would have been decorated in a simple but contemporary style.
I also am sure I imagined myself to be thin.
But my life doesn’t consist of any of those thing. No children, grandchildren, and while I do live in a house in the country, I am not living with the love of my life nor do we own the home. I am a single pastor living in a parsonage.
Oh, and I’m certainly not thin.
But my life is good. In fact, I would say it is extraordinary. For the first time in my life I am happy. I love my vocation, my family, my friends, and I don’t have to worry about every penny that I spend.
So yes, my prayer for today is “Dear God, thank you for another year of life!” May there be another and another and many, many more.