6 years ago today...

On July 18, 2007 it rained all day - on my day off.  So I decided to sit out the downpour and try my hand at something I'd been thinking about for a long time.  I decided to try to get a blog off the ground.

To my surprise, it wasn't at all difficult and by the end of the day A Concord Pastor Comments occupied a small niche in cyberspace.  I emailed some friends about my blog's existence and soon thereafter I "published" it, making it available to all and accessible by search engines.

This is post number 4,990.  I'm fairly certain I've posted every day since I began and it's been, indeed, a labor of love.

Over the years the shape of this page has moved away from commentary on a variety of issues and has come to focus on prayer, spirituality and Sunday worship -- and I'm pleased with the direction this has taken.

Everything posted here is also Tweeted (@ConcordPastor) and posted on my FaceBook page.  Through reTweets and FaceBook "likes" and "shares"; through fellow bloggers linking to my my posts; through parishes reprinting my prayers in their Sunday bulletins and sharing them on their websites; and through my readers emailing and forwarding, and printing and sharing my posts: my words reach an ever expanding readership and for all of this, your collaboration, I'm very grateful! You are all very much part of the work here.

I hope and pray it's the grace of God's Spirit that sparks my mind, my heart and soul and my imagination as I write.  I know this work has strengthened my own prayer life and spirituality and I pray it strengthens yours, too.


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  1. That's a lot of posts. Congrats to you, Austin!

  2. I want to say "Happy Birthday" and many many more!

  3. Thanks for all you do. I read every day!

  4. Congratulations on six years! I appreciate your blog so very much and have shared it with many. Thank you!

  5. I love coming here. This is a rare, beautiful, peaceful place. Thank you, Father.

  6. Ad multos annos! I really appreciate that your blog always points us to the One we should follow. Thank you for being brother, helper, shepherd and guide. Peace to you and God's always abundant blessings!


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