Isaiah 49, 14-15, I will never forget you.
Psalm 62, Rest in God alone, my soul.
1 Corinthians 4, 1-5, Then everyone will receive praise from God.
Matthew 6, 24-34, Do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself.
"Happy Mardi Gras, Everybody," say Cathy and Harper.
Isaiah observations and reminders—
Who, This is 2nd Isaiah.
When, This is during the Captivity in Babylon, ca. 555 before Christ.
Subject, The writer, the prophet, is trying to lift the spirits of his fellow slaves. He gives them exquisite news, using God’s words, “I will never forget you.” A short but touching cameo of consolation and hope.
And from Kevin, "Welcome in, Folks."
Have a Happy Lent
I admit that Lent is my least favorite seasons of the year, mostly because of the emphasis on penance I encountered as a kid and during my early years as a Jesuit. We did penance in those days. I don’t think it was spiritually and psychologically healthy.
Therefore, I would like to talk about how to have a Happy Lent. A no dread zone. And, I would add, a belief that God cares not a whit for us doing all sorts of penance.
Tori, too, says, "Hi, Everybody."
Consequently, I have two points based on being people fully alive. The first point focuses on self nurture and has two suggestions.
First, treat yourself each week of Lent. Like take a special day off, go out to eat, like join us at Romeos or Juliettes, have some ice cream, and go for a drive (if possible with the traffic congestion). In fact, because we have not had a day off since Thanksgiving, Rosemary, I, and Aviana are going to visit her sister in Hilton Head for a week.
Hi, Vivian. It is so nice to have you with us this morning.
Secondly, spend some quiet time in contemplation, especially with a focus on gratitude. I just read about a guy who survived the Burma death camps. He said he was never a prisoner, meaning he always focused on what he was grateful for whatever torment was going on around him.
The second half of this you will maybe hate me for bringing up. But, here I go, exercise. I want to keep you people alive, fully alive until you are ready to check out. This really involves only 2-3 hours per week, 30 minutes a day for six days. There are two types of exercise, cardio and strength.
The Candle Man of The Week, Cole, at work.
Cardio involves walking, riding a bike, and running. A 30 minute walk around the neighborhood has amazingly positive effects.
I can certainly vouch for how good I feel after I have done a spin class at the Jewish Community Center in the morning. I do this Monday through Friday and it is marvelous.
Delivery day is here, TODAY. Do we have a doctor in the house?
Strength is for muscle and bone, and involves things like yoga, Tai Chi, and weights. It also includes doing things like gardening (even mowing the grass?), taking the stairs, walking from the outer edge of the parking lot, dancing, and house work (like vacuuming).
The goal in all of this is to be fully alive and happy until we arrive home.
Offertory team, John & Connie, Scott & Lily
So, how are you going to have a Happy Lent?
Good article on exercise, Download EXERCISE FOR LENT 2-
Bethany, when is my new play mate coming to visit me?