Today is Friday, December 23, 2016. Two days until Christmas!
“Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.” – Thomas Aquinas
Tannenbaum – a Christmas tree.
Today is Festivus. “For the rest of us.” Festivus was not actually invented by Seinfeld, but by author Daniel O’Keefe. It was celebrated as early as 1966. However, it surged in popularity when featured in an episode of Seinfeld. The purpose is to draw attention away from the commercialism of Christmas. “maybe Festivus is to prove that we as humans don’t need material objects to be happy on a holiday, but all we really need is excellent company, jovial attitudes, and lively music to make the holidays the best we could have.”
What’s going on today is that I’m up to go to work. Bleah. It remains to be seen whether I’ll be there the full day. We have no idea what UPS will bring to us today. They observe December 24 as a holiday, but not December 23, even if December 24 occurs on Saturday. They are, however, taking off Monday, as we are. Who knows? We may get a full load from them today. It may be just like a normal day. If so, I’ll bring in a hefty chunk of change on double-time-and-half.
We may try to go out and look at Christmas lights this evening. I keep seeing people say that there don’t seem to be as many this year. We have quite a few in our neighborhood, though.
We had a wonderful time with our pastor’s family, last night. We took them all out for dinner at Hoffbrau steakhouse, and it was great fun. Except the part where we had to wait an hour for a table. They already had several large parties there last night. We were totally surprised at how busy it was on a Thursday night. We still had fun, though, even as we sat waiting to be seated. Well, I guess we were already “seated,” weren’t we?
64 days until the first Spring Training game.
101 days until Opening Day.
It has just dawned on me that Christmas day will mark the day that there are less than 100 days until Opening Day. What a great Christmas present!
Friday in the fourth week of Advent
Psa 135:1-3 Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD, give praise, O servants of the LORD, who stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God! Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
Psa 140:6 I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!
Psa 97:9 For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.
Psa 64:9 Then all mankind fears; they tell what God has brought about and ponder what he has done.
(From Praying With the Psalms)
Psa 146:1-4 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.
Admiration is a good thing. Through it, we see worthy attributes of others. Envy might be called the opposite of admiration, as it is typically blind to those attributes. “Hero worship,” however, is admiration distorted. “It confuses the mere human with the near divine. Hero worship is a first cousin to idolatry.” I believe that too many of my brothers and sisters put their trust in a “prince” this year. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is the only One worthy of our trust.
“God of majesty,
I would not confuse my admiration of those whom I respect with adoration of you whom I trust.
I will appreciate people but worship only you,
in and through Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Father, I echo this prayer, that I would not put my trust in any human “princes,” but only in you, through my Savior, Jesus Christ. I feel compelled to pray for all of the need that is around us during this season. There is so much, and I am only one. I feel overwhelmed at my inadequacy. Help me to be willing to give aid wherever I can. I long for the day when none shall go hungry and homeless.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
Grace and peace, friends.