, Newburyport, MA

December 10, 2013

Counting my blessings at this time of year

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

My conscience requires me to count my blessings at this great time of the year. I’ve always been somewhat of a compulsive person, spending most of my life as a rabid Red Sox fan and political junkie. A few years ago I saw the light and now I’m compulsive about the Way, the Truth and the Light. This blessing allowed me to accept the fact that Ellsbury will be a Yankee without undue angst. I was already on a high from the Newsweek article about the shortcomings of our elected leader and the mistake we made in accepting his vision for our country, which is proving to be the straw that will be too much to bear.

Now back to the bright side. Last year I had the honor of being chosen by my church, Trinity United, to serve on our Pastoral Search Committee. We were given many fine applicants and we were blessed with one we all agreed was a fine fit for our church. I was quite impatient at the beginning, but it all worked out in the end. The local papers have done a fine job in reporting this good news. The Rev. Bill Main is settling in quite nicely. We had a Thanksgiving Eve service and I’m sorry I had to work and missed the annual Christmas tree lighting and hot chocolate. He holds Bible study on Tuesday mornings from 10 till 11, where I and others get to discuss scriptures with regard to how the word affects us today. He also holds office hours on Tuesday afternoons from 2 till 4 p.m. at Starbucks. As part of my blessings we have had back-to-back Pastor Bills and I consider them both, although somewhat different personalities, to be among my friends. How blessed am I?

I feel good today because I was able to make my yearly donation to the Salvation Army — that always brings joy to my heart. We’re into Advent and in case I don’t get around to writing again, here is my wish that we all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may God continue to Bless America.

Brendan Kelly