What cats are really thinking when they stare at the wall for no reason…
Day 30: Acts 6
“Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.”
Acts 6:8 NIVUK
In our modern culture we put too much emphasis on the status of a job, if it comes with a lot of power and notoriety, we see it as more valuable and worthwhile. During the recent pandemic we have come to appreciate that there are a whole range of jobs that really enrich society that are also worthy of respect.
Stephen is a prime example of this. He was given the job of distributing food within the growing Church community. Some may have thought that anybody could do that job but the apostles showed that they valued every role in their community and they sought to appoint the best people for the job. God has uniquely designed each one of us to excel in a particular area, if we use our skills to bless others then even if we don’t become famous we can know that we are building up the Church and that God sees and will bless us for our contribution.
“Noah Builds an Ark, Searching for Dry Land, A Joyous Landing, A New Beginning”
Old Testament Miniatures with Latin, Persian, and Judeo-Persian inscriptions. Paris, France. ca. 1244–1254. 390 x 300 mm. MS M.638, fol. 2v
Noah Builds an Ark
The Lord is distraught at the wickedness of men and orders a great flood to eliminate them from the earth. Only Noah finds grace in the eyes of God. In obedience to the Lord, Noah builds an enormous ark for the salvation of his family and the world’s creatures. (Genesis 6:13–17)
Searching for Dry Land
Once the storm calms, Noah releases a dove and a raven. The hungry raven is keen to feed on a floating corpse, but the dove soon returns from his survey bearing an olive branch, news of dry land. (Genesis 8:6–11)
A Joyous Landing
Soon the ark comes to rest on Mount Ararat, where Noah, his family, and the animals descend to land as the birds happily escape through the ship’s open windows. (Genesis 8:18–19)
A New Beginning
Grateful, the family makes sacrifices to the Lord, and a new covenant is made: nevermore will the Lord curse the earth for the sake of the sinfulness of man. (Genesis 8:20–9:15)
Sure! So it’s open to anyone who considers themselves involved with Abrahamic traditions paired with mysticism, folk magic, or something else. This extends to all people who fall under that label, not just Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We currently have at least 15 members and while it’s not super active, people are nice!
We have resources too. We are LGBTQ+ friendly and don’t allow prodlytixetoon and have a strict policy against cultural appropriation. We all really respect each other’s opinion and it’s a nice little place!
Keep Praying and Believing (2)
“Am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10 RSV-CI)
Ok so is it weird that I think that having more than 10 children is kinda irresponsible and wrong as a Catholic. Children are a blessing but do you think you could take of 10 kids or more both emotionally, spiritually, physically and financially?
Day 4 - Trans
Lord, whatever my circumstances, help me to praise your name in song and glorify you with thanksgiving.