Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Yesterday and today have been just perfect with bright blue skies and cool temps. It is good to get out the sweaters for a change in the mornings and shed them by noon, with many people in shorts no matter how cool it gets! Ah, St. Petersburg!!
Seen at the park over the weekend... a couple of gopher tortoises walking one in front of the other, and the same size and color, as I drove in, and black turtles sunning across the street on the bank of the weir. A flock of ibis in the canal, with the water very low and muddy banks showing.
Crowds of people with babies in strollers, kids on skateboards, older folks with walkers and canes and young people jogging...and on the way out, the same two gophers, only one had flipped over and was frantically trying to right himself. The man driving a pickup in front of me stopped and waved me by, so I asked him if he was going to turn him over and he said "Yes!". God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
...And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.
That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. they were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior--yes, the Messiah, the Lord--has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! And this is how you will recognize him: you will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!"
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others--the armies of heaven--praising God:
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors."
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,