I was cleaning out the “Notes” App on my phone yesterday and came across this journal entry from my time on sabbatical. I share it here, because wonder and gratitude are too often scarce:
I have had so many strange and troubling dreams on this trip, but as I wake the middle of the night I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. I am surrounded by a cloud of remarkable people with whom I speak and laugh every day. My children are a source of unending joy. I cherish my wife now more than ever. My family is a reservoir of strength and faith. There are many scary things in this world, but there are far more beauties than frights.
Dr. David McDonald is the teaching pastor at Westwinds Community Church in Jackson, MI. The church, widely considered among the most innovative in America, has been featured on CNN.com and in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Time Magazine. David weaves deep theological truths with sharp social analysis and peculiar observations on pop culture. He lives in Jackson with his wife, Carmel, and their two kids. Follow him on twitter (@fossores) or online at fossores.com