Sunday Sermon and Some Spectacular Skies

8 Jul

“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”

― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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Another hot Texas morning. I woke up well before the alarm, so I walked the dog and did a little extra alone walking before 7:30, then rush out the door by 8:15. I always enjoy seeing the sun and clouds when they first wake up the morning sky.

I arrived at church just as I saw the Chateau Senior Living bus round the corner. So, I ran like the wind, (actually more like a speedy turtle with a bad knee) to the far end of the church to meet and greet the ladies and open the side doors for them. Many hugs were exchanged. Then, back to my front door greeting.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus sending out the 72 in pairs ahead of him to the towns, sending them out like “lambs among wolves.” They were told to go and stay only where they were welcome, bringing peace to them, curing the sick and telling them that the kingdom of God was near. Also, to leave any place where they were not welcome, leaving the same message.

They returned saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”

Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.

Behold, I have given you the power to ‘tread upon serpents’ and  scorpions

and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.  Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,

but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

My take on it… We have the choice to accept and welcome the word of the Lord. Again, the free will thing. You can be kind, good, honest and gentle and be welcomed into heaven or you can follow Satan and be evil, and the kingdom of heaven will be closed to you.

I personally believe in heaven, but even for those who don’t, isn’t it better to lead a good life, being good and kind to others, just for its own sake? I always liked this quote…

“I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.”

~Albert Camus

After Mass, I stopped at McD with Helene and Jerry for coffee, then to the store for a few last minute things. Then, a quick stop to check mail and water plants for a traveling friend. It was already pretty darn hot. Helene had asked if I wanted to meet for dinner around 5, and I suggested Braum’s. My dinner would be a large frozen yogurt twist cone.

It was a good day, a hot day, but always a nice ending when I can FaceTime with the grandchildren. The baby was already asleep, but here’s a cute picture from earlier. I just love those faces!

Now, to close with last night’s sunset. I saw this orange glow outside the back window and just had jump up, open the door and take a quick picture. Just too amazing. How does God do that?

Happy Sunday, my friends.

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