2017: Page 104

Page 104 was not only Good Friday, but it was a good Friday as I was able to sleep in, put in an eight hour workday, and still get home about six hours earlier than a typical Friday.  I began the day by finishing the writing of yesterday’s page before heading into work.  With the school and preschool both out for Good Friday, it was a quiet day at the building as MJ, Susan, and I each did our work in the peacefulness of the empty building.  After taking care of a few things in the office, I went out to finish up the mowing for the week so the grounds would have the appearance of a fresh haircut for Easter Sunday.  My goal is always to wait until May to begin mowing, but the lawn was already looking shaggy and keeping the grounds looking nice is more important than my keeping to an arbitrarily set goal.  It was a rather chilly morning on the mower, so once I was finished I headed inside to warm up with a cup of coffee.  

After a morning outside, the afternoon was spent inside getting the building cleaned and ready for Sunday.  As I worked my way cleaning from one end of the building to the other, I spent time praying for the people who would be present for Easter Sunday in each area.  I enjoy celebrating the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus each Sunday that we gather together as a church family, but I also realize there are those who will give thought to the message of the gospel this weekend that don’t normally think about the events we gather to remember.  I prayed for visitors who may be considering attending a church service on Sunday.  I prayed that the enemy would not be effective in keeping them away.  I prayed for those of us who normally attend.  I prayed that we would look beyond ourselves and our routines and be welcoming to those who visit.  I prayed for those who will led in worship.  I prayed for David and the sermon he will share.  I prayed for those who will serve throughout the building.  I prayed that God’s name would be glorified in everything that is done.

As I took the trash out late in the day, a pair of hawks were soaring overhead in the clear afternoon sky.  The evidently have a nest and live nearby as I see them almost every day as they play in the spring breeze and hunt for food.  Later in the day as my work was done and I prepared to leave, they were still out soaring so I got my camera out and took the shot that made today’s page as one of them flew directly overhead.  They are a beauty to see from a distance, but even more so when the camera brings them up close with their wings and tail spread out so they can glide through the sky.  I used to dream that I could fly and soar through the sky like this hawk — I’m obviously not equipped to do so as he is.  Once home, I have spent the evening relaxing as I write today’s page and look forward to a Saturday with my family.

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” is a principle taught by Jesus that is true in regard to more than just a day of rest.
  • God’s laws, commands, and precepts are meant for our good and not for our harm.  They are designed to free us rather than enslave us.
  • When your plans don’t match the actual need, it is best to change your plans.
  • A little warmth on the inside goes a long way toward warding off a chill on the outside.
  • “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike.” (Romans 14:5)  Personal preferences that are different doesn’t necessarily mean that either person is wrong.
  • While I consider each day alike, I know that there are those who consider Easter Sunday as a special day and that consideration provides an opportunity that may not exist on other days.
  • Wherever you are, there are things that you can, and should, pray about.
  • God has equipped you for the good work He created for you to do, not the work He created for someone else.

Soaring

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