Thank You, Lord, for _______________, who prayed with me to receive Jesus as my Lord & Savior.
As I shared on Thanksgiving, please join me in engaging the holiday season — all too often filled with frustration and frenzy — through the lens of the 30 Prayers of Thanksgiving (Growing in Gratitude-Praying to God for the Influential People in My Life). In Facing A Task Unfinished, Keith & Kristyn Getty remind us of the call before us, one engaged in the daily grind [of higher education] and in the next steps ahead of us. If you have not already done such, I pray you give prayerful consideration to joining InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries at the Urbana Student Missions Conference. And yes, a few spaces remain in the ESN Urbana 18 Fellows Program. If this is of interest, please apply ASAP!
May we live lives filled with thankfulness in higher education. May by God’s grace, each one of us be thankful for those we are with, near, and long to be with. May we take time to share our thanksgiving through conversation, correspondence, actions, and prayer. May we be thankful for the relationships, neighborhoods, responsibilities, and tasks we have been called to steward. Yes, may we be countercultural in a manner which is culture making. To God be the glory!
Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the South Central PA Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). The Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine is the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!