Five Things for Which I Am Thankful

"In all things give thanks…" (I Thessalonians 5:18). 

At a time when most of us are enjoying a day of family, friends, food and fun, I hope you are reflecting on things for which you are thankful.  This my list of the top five things for which I am thankful. 

#5 – Good Health

In 2016, I spent nearly two weeks in the hospital and with three more weeks in recovery.   I am thankful that my health has return, and I am feeling stronger every day.  

#4 – Theological Education

This is my last full year as a student at Columbia Theological Seminary.  It has been an amazing journey for which I am extremely thankful.  I have learned from world class faculty, dedicated staff and outstanding classmates.    


#3 – Hall Chapel and Mitchell Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Churches

Few things that I have done has been as rewarding as pastoring these churches.  I am so thankful for this opportunity to serve God’s people. 

#2 – Family

Happy was the day that my son and his family moved from Michigan to Georgia.  I am so thankful that they are near.   I am so blessed to have a front row seat to see Nina, Elisha, Rosie and Noa grow up.  

#1 – God

Oh, what a mighty God we serve!  I am thankful to serve the Lord every day and in every way.  The growth of this ministry now includes blogs, a more powerful website and the new podcast the Marben Bland Show.



"In all things give thanks…" – Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day!!!