Thursday, January 18, 2007

Happy Birthday to my husband Mike! And to Tara's new baby boy born just after midnight. His name is still being discussed, I understand.

Capricorns: Individuals born under this sign are thought to have an ambitious, patient, responsible, stable, trustworthy, shrewd and persistent character; but one which is also prone to coldness, conservatism, rigidity, materialism, and dullness.

Here's hoping our newest Capricorn develops all the positive attributes and none of the negative ones. Unfortunately, it's too late to wish that for the one who turns 57 today. Fortunately, he's lived long enough to have them all, at one time or another. Hugs and kisses to the old goat and the new kid.

According to our church calendar, today begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Rather than waste time on my bleak view of this lofty ideal, I'll offer this prayer instead:

Creator of the Universe, who made us different from one another in myriad ways we can see and in more ways we shall never know, yet made us all in your image; fill our hearts with your love and our minds with your wisdom that we may truly become brothers and sisters of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (by Lionel Deimel)

The Doomsday Clock has been set to 5 minutes until the end of the world. When originally started in 1947, it was set at 7 minutes before midnight. It's been moved back and forth depending on the state of the world. The changing climate is being considered now, whereas, nuclear holocaust was the primary factor. Maybe that will give the diverse Christian Community a new sense of urgency to drop the petty squabbles and get on with the important stuff, you know - love the Lord, love your neighbor. "We need not think alike to love alike," said John Wesley, whom the Methodists claim, but who went to his death an Anglican.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven...

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