Good morning. It is Wednesday, March 12, 2014. For most people, today is Hump Day. For me it’s “Friday,” because I’m off tomorrow and Friday! Woot!!
I’m feeling better today. I don’t know what was wrong, but it seems to have passed. Hopefully it stays past. See what I did there? Anyway. . .
UTSW is already setting up a second interview with Christi. This is starting to look really promising! We are very excited about this place. The benefits are outstanding, especially health care. She’s been told that, if you work for them for at least ten years, you get free healthcare for life! I need to see if they have a place for me there!
I had the busiest day I’ve ever had at my job, yesterday. It was non-stop all day long. Know what? I kind of liked it, outside of working through both morning and afternoon breaks. I felt like I had accomplished something. My manager even told me, “You’re the man!” Twice! That kind of felt good.
Can’t wait for tomorrow! Once again, we head to Paluxy River Bed Cabins, in Glen Rose, Texas, for a four-day weekend of relaxation and peace. I’m starting to relax already, just thinking about it.
It was on this date in 1933 that President Franklin D Roosevelt gave the first “Fireside Chat,” a radio broadcast, direct from the White House. It was eight days after his inauguration, and the topic concerned the closing of the nation’s banks “in order to stop a surge in mass withdrawals by panicked investors worried about possible bank failures.” It was journalist Robert Trout who coined the phrase “fireside chat.” “In an era when presidents had previously communicated with their citizens almost exclusively through spokespeople and journalists, it was an unprecedented step.”
(From The Divine Hours)
Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.
Hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!
For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;
you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
1 Chronicles 16:11
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Today’s reading in Reflections for Ragamuffins is “The Careful Choice.”
This reading begins by speaking of Caiaphas. Caiaphas was the high priest of the Jews when Jesus walked the earth. What happened to him? “Religion [had] left the realm of respect for person, immediate concern for the individual, for communion.” What had become important for Caiaphas was “institutions, structures, abstractions.” The dedication was to the “people,” the larger entity, the whole. Individuals were expendable. He is dedicated to the “nation,” to the “Temple,” an impersonal structure of bricks and mortar. He has become “no longer a warm human being but a robot, as fixed and rigid as his own unchanging world.”
Ready for the sucker punch?
“The choice usually presented to Christians is not between Jesus and Barabbas. No one wants to appear an obvious murderer. The choice we have to be careful about is between Jesus and Caiphas [sic]. And Caiphas [sic] can fool us. He is a very ‘religious’ man.”
With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
Father, I am grateful that you have brought me away from being Caiaphas. I used to be very “religious.” I used to care more about structure and format than about people. I still struggle with caring about people, but your Spirit has brought me a long way. Today, I am more concerned with peace and love through Christ than I am concerned with regulations and legalism. I pray that this transformation will continue until it is complete.
I pray for this day. May the work day go smoothly today. Help me to stay positive and helpful. I pray for more progress on the job situation for Christi, especially with this UTSW opportunity. Nevertheless, your will be done. I pray for Stephanie, that you would give her wisdom and understanding, as well as strength and courage for this weekend.
Your grace is sufficient.
May we all possess the Spirit to be more like Jesus than Caiaphas.
Grace and peace, friends.