2. The story of Jonah is an interesting one filled with miracles, disobedience and forgiveness.
The miracle is Jonah existing in a "great fish" for three days and then being deposited onto dry land. This is after he refuses to go where God told him to go. Then, after being re-directed back to Nineveh, he complains about God's forgiveness of the Ninevites. Jonah is not like other prophets in the Bible. His problems are self inflicted and they are a result of his disagreements with the Lord.
The king of Nineveh repents immediately and tells his people to listen to the message of Jonah. The Ninevites are enemies of Israel, yet they listen and do as they are told. The message is similar to other stories of the Bible but is more of a satire. I find it quite interesting.
3. Dee and I went to the University of Richmond men's basketball game this week. Their opponent was Fordham and we won. It was a great evening with friends.
I don't attend many basketball games so I found it interesting that there were ten men in suits guiding and coaching the team. You have a coach, three assistant coaches, two directors of basketball operations, an academic advisor, a strength and conditioning coach, an athletic trainer and finally the video coordinator. There is a lot more support for a team than I realized.
The other part of basketball is the number of "time outs" they have. I was a soccer referee and we didn't have "time outs." So I'm still amazed at this.
|Me, Dee and Brenda|
|Me and Lou|
I received telephone calls from all three of our sons. One sang "happy birthday" solo to me. Another sang with his sons and the third one called and left a message while we were at the game. Just a note, we are not a family of melodious voices.
Friends called and sent cards and I even received a birthday cupcake. This weekend the family will gather at our house for the celebration.
Thank you Lord for letting me be here. Thank you for my health, family and friends.
If it be your will, I would like to say longer and continue enjoying life.
5. Met with friends at Panera this morning. A second prayer group, although the format is still evolving. Each member present had prayer intentions which I have added to my prayer list.
This is a good group and I'm learning more about them each week.
Thank you Lord for new friends and please listen to our prayers.