Happy New Year! As I write this, I am flying back to Ft. Riley, KS, to finish our last few weeks of training before heading off to Afghanistan.
It was good to be home. I really didn’t want to leave again, but I knew I had to. My wife and kids took me to the airport and dropped me off.
I still left so much unfinished business at home. My wife reminded me yesterday that she would take care of the things I didn’t get done. And I will focus once again on getting ready for our mission.
New Years are often times for looking back and reflecting, and on looking ahead with new purpose. My daughter asked everyone last night what each of our New Year resolutions were. My kids resolved to do better at school, my wife said she would lose a little weight (she has been doing well with this, and simply wants to continue). When it came to my turn, I simply replied, “To stay safe.”
My wife and I spent New Year’s Eve as we have done since our kids were born: we stayed at home and watched TV until the New Year came in. Our kids were with us, and we had champagne and celebrated. Last night, we danced a little, and had quite a little party! It was a lot of fun. My wife insisted on enjoying the moment, and I believe she was right. Why waste a minute to be happy when you get the chance? Each moment like that is a gift - a blessing from God.
I’m sure I will have less opportunity to write when our training begins again, so I hope my readers bear with me for writing when I don’t really have anything too significant to say!
I wish all of you and yours a blessed and prosperous 2007.
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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and
Executive Director of CrossCurrents.
He is the author of God and Science (John Knox Press, 1986).
A revised and expanded version of the book is appearing here. God and Science (Hypertext Edition,
He is also editor of a new book, featuring articles by world class scientists and theologians, and illustrating the leading views on the relationship between science and religion: Faith, Science and the Future (CrossCurrents Press, 2007).
Charles also tracks the boundry between the virtual and the real at his blog: Next World Design, focusing on the mediation of art, science and spirituality in the metaverse.