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Friday, April 13, 2012

This is Your Lucky Night

Today is Friday the Thirteenth.

Pogo (anyone remember Pogo by Walt Kelly?) used to note the thirteenth of EVERY month by commenting which day of the week it fell on:

"Friday the thirteenth fell on a Tuesday this month."
or words to that effect.

But ever since my years in Senn High School and Edgewater Presbyterian Church in Chicago (1952-56), Friday the thirteenth has had a special meaning.

Gene and Francis Blackwell, our Youth Group sponsors, helped us plan a social event every month, often on the second Friday of the month.  We did all sorts of things at our socials, games and food being the chief attraction.

Any month with the 13th falling on a Friday was sure to be

I still pay attention to this monthly celebration, and many memories and thoughts of long ago friends make it a special time for me.

I hope you will have a good day today--a lucky day.  And many more special days of joy.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Each Lenten season I resolve to "give up" or "add on" something to remind me of the great sacrifice on my behalf that Jesus made.  As in former years, my Lenten journey has been a mixure of trying harder and continuing to fail.

If it were up to me all would be lost.
 Luckily. blessedly, it is not all up to me.

We have a lot of work to do to help bring about the world God wants us to live in.

Tony Compolo told us at one visit to Central College:

It's Friday--but Sunday is coming.

 With the end of Lent, I intend to renew my vows to do a better job of reflecting God's love

My daughter wrote, for a Lenten devotional in her church this thought that I'll try to keep in mind:

"Sometimes God calls us to the heavenly banquet of the Lamb
because someone is needed to wash the dishes."

Best wishes for a joyous Easter.