2019 closes out another year of retirement life , and it’s time for our annual Newsletter (or litany?) For those living North of us, today’s highs were in the 70’s. For those living South of us, it’s “cooler by the mile” here during the Summer! 😎
Unlike 2018, we were not “bothered” in 2019 by a hurricane. It was only a weak tropical storm. We feel blessed. That’s blessing number 1. The prior year there was much talk about Florida getting its own time zone and skipping Eastern Standard Time altogether. This year, nothing happened. But, the sun continues to rise in the East and set to the West while we are stuck with EST and DST. Oh well.
Psalms 50:1 The Lord God Most Powerful has spoken. He calls to everyone on earth, from where the sun rises to where it sets. (ERV)
I remember growing up and my family had a grill for cooking meat outdoors. Steaks, hotdogs, hamburgers and the like. It was not often that we did so, but when we did, we also sometimes roasted marshmellows. Back then we used charcoal grills, not gas nor electric grills. Much more recently, my wife and I enjoy eating S’mores made by first roasting marshmellows over a camp wood fire. In both circumstances, with charcoal or with wood fires, we would have to “stir up” embers made from burning charcoal or wood which would “fan into flames” so as to “rekindle” the fire and “keep ablaze” the fire in order to continue roasting marshmellows. Without a good fire we could not easily roast our marshmellows.
There are two accounts in the New Testament where Jesus cursed a fig tree. The curse resulted in the killing of the tree. Why did this happen? In both accounts, Jesus was hungry. He wanted figs! The tree was in leaf, but had no fruit so Jesus cursed the tree and it died. The differences between the two accounts is that in Mark it says it was not the season for fruit, and in Matthew it says the tree withered immediately, not overnight.