2023 January 04

Day        68°     Partly cloudy this morning then becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
Night     44°     Mostly clear. Lows around 40. Northwest winds around 5 mph.

Attendance at Grandies had been dismal every since it restarted after the pandemic.
Sometimes it was Ella and i.
Most of the time it was Anne, Ella and I
with occasional addition of Wanda.
Sandy, came for the first time today.
She, Ella, and I discussed disbanding
Grandies and turning everything over
to the congregational care committee.

Teresa asked if we would hold off
for a month or two in the hope that
it will grow again. Ella still plans on
talking to pastor Michele about it.

More searching for a table

No table for us. However, Ella found
some battery powered “candles”.
She didn’t buy them today because
tomorrow she can save a dollar – if
they’re still there.
Yep! That’s what she said.
Nope! No furniture, just clothing.
We had some things to donate to Operation Liberty Hill..
Ella shopped while I donated.
I was successful.
Ella not so much.
Another day, another Goodwill.
But still no table.
All the tables are too large
to fit in the space we have.
Timeout for lunch.
Today we dined at the Kings table
And yet another Goodwill.
New location. Same ol’ luck.

We parked behind a P T Cruiser.
Our HHR is often confused
with the P T Cruiser.
Our’s is a Chevrolet.
The cruiser is a Chrysler.
Both designed by Bryan Nesbitt

Today we drove 47 miles over the
span of 2 hours and 5 minutes.
And visited six places,
not counting home.

©2023 Thomas E Williams

Bonus material. Exodus 3:11‭-‬12 NRSV. But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”

This verse has always captured my imagination. If I were Moses … no strike that … since I am me, if I had asked God to provide me with proof that this plan of His was going to work, I’d want something more than “After you bring them out …” After? Really? After I have done what you are commanding me too do … then you’ll prove that this plan will work? After it is done then I’ll have the proof! How about a little proof up front?

However, this is not the way God does things. It is never up to Him to prove Himself. It is always up to us to prove ourselves to Him.

In the first few verse of Genesis chapter 12 “The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.‘” and He makes some promises to Abram about what he’ll receive after he obeys.

In Judges chapter 6 we are told the story of Gideon being told by the Angel of the Lord (many believe that this is Jesus in pre-incarnate form) to go in his own strength and save his people. Gideon began a theological debate about why his people are in this mess in the first place. God’s answer ignore the question and instead tells Gideon “I’ll be with you.” And the proof He offers? The entire army of Israel is repeatedly pared down until only 300 men are left to fight nearly 130,000 Midianites.  The proof of victory only came afterwards.

In the book of Jonah he is told,“Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it”. Jonah being a practical man, rather than going to the capital city of the Israelites biggest enemies and telling them to repent, tried to run away. And the proof offered by God? After Jonah finally did as commanded, the Ninevites repented.

You want proof? Do what God commanded.

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