Happy First Birthday to The Rankin File

I was never one to remember birthdays and anniversaries very well since such things did not receive great fanfare in the house in which I was raised. Mom might have prepared our favorite pie (lemon meringue for me) or maybe given us a small gift, but no big production was ever made. That may be the reason why the first anniversary of The Rankin File came and went without my notice.

Last year, on February 27, I was convinced by Brent Fontenot and Mark Gibson to begin blogging (By the way, Mark, you haven’t updated your blog since January 14 [you see, I notice such things]). Finding time to think and write is always a challenge, but I have managed to post something one hundred and twenty-nine times (it seems like more if I spell it out). I wanted to take the time to say “thank you” to all of you who read these ramblings and especially those who have taken the time to write comments over the past year.

As I am now a third of the way through my fifty-sixth year on this terrestrial ball, I have learned, more than ever, that although life is filled with pain, disappointment, uncertainty, and frustration, that up in heaven a song is being sung to the Lamb of God, our Saviour and King, which reminds us that all is well:

 “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth…Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing…To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:9-10, 12-13)

So, I look forward to another year (Deo Volente) of Tuesday Hymns, sometimes incoherent ramblings, good quotes from theologically astute men, and, most of all, learning to glorify God and enjoy Him both now and forevermore.



  1. Brent said,

    March 1, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Wow…can’t believe its been a year already! You’re right, Pastor Mark needs to get on the ball ;>)

  2. cliftonr said,

    March 1, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    I feel Mark’s pain…one gets so busy (between church, a wife, and four kids) something has to be left out. I am the same way…blogging takes a back seat to most things.

  3. Sandra A. said,

    March 2, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    Congratulations and oh, what fun it has been! Thank you for taking the time to enlighten and encourage the rest of us as we walk this narrow road as pilgrims in an alien land.

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