A Southern Pastor: Take The Favorite Things Survey

Ok. Just kidding. This isn’t really one of those Facebook tests where you get to check off boxes in a Favorite Things survey. But it is a challenge to think about what those things would be. Family, home, health, job? What would your list look like?

I am thankful for waking up in a warm house this morning. I will say a prayer for those who didn’t.

I am thankful for my son who is safely asleep in the other room. I will pray for the mothers who do not know where their children are or who have to constantly fear for their safety.

I am thankful for a kitchen just down the hall where I could have coffee and cereal and not be hungry. I will pray for the families who don’t know what they will eat today.

I am thankful for my daughter and her family and the fact that I get to share in their lives. I will pray for the parents who have lost a child or who are watching their child suffer in illness or pain.

I am thankful for my parents. I will say a prayer today for those whose parents are gone and are sorely missed.

I am thankful for my Dany, just a dog, who guards me and showers me with love. I will pray for those who do not have the luxury of such extravagance of taking care of a spoiled pet and hope they find joy somewhere today.

I am thankful for friends and community, and especially that they will travel and feel safe in our little rural paradise today. I will say many prayers for those who are huddled in fear amidst war torn areas which feel no peace.

I am thankful that God’s Grace is free. That I do not have to deserve it or earn it. And that my only commandment is to be thankful to God and share that Grace with others.

May you feel peace, and joy, and love today. Many Blessings.

Psalm 100: 1-2; 4

1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.

Melanie Tubbs is a professor, pastor, mother, Mimi, and true Arkansas woman. She lives with nine cats and one dog on a quiet hill in a rural county where she pastors a church and teaches history at the local university. Her slightly addictive personality comes out in shameful Netflix binges and a massive collection of books. Vegetarian cooking, reading mountains of books for her seminary classes, and crocheting for the churches prayer shawl ministry take up most of her free time, and sharing the love of Christ forms the direction of her life. May the Peace of Christ be with You.