1. One of the churches that I love does "spontaneous baptisms" on Easter Sunday for people that have placed their trust in Jesus. I really like the "John the Baptist" element of this practice. You have been justified in a single moment and turned from your sin. So let baptism be your second act of obedience.
2. In one weekend, a recently divorced father blew up his house (and himself) just three blocks way from our house. And my brother-in-law became a new father to a little girl. Examples of death and new life were in close proximity to our family the past few days. God is sovereign over both.
3. I am grateful for all of the things that God provides. Color and music and emotion and domesticated dogs are not necessary for life. But life would be less interesting for the lack of them.