DAY 44: Friday 1 May
Good morning everybody –
You may remember last Monday was the 40th of these emails and following on from that and the thoughts expressed then, some of today’s content comes from Karen and Linda Lord (thanks)
QUARANTINE - The Latin root of the word "quarantine" is "forty"
So, what does the Bible say about 40?
The Flood in the days of Noah lasted 40 days and nights
Moses was 40 years old when God told him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
Moses stayed 40 days and nights on Mount Sinai to receive the Commandments.
The Israelite Exodus lasted 40 years wandering in the wilderness
David reigned as king in Israel for 40 years
Jesus fasted and was tested in the Judean wilderness for 40 days and nights.
It was 40 days from Jesus’ resurrection to his ascension to Heaven
A pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks.
40 days for a woman to rest after giving birth.
A group of theologians thinks the number 40 represents "change”.
It is the time of preparing a person, or people, in order to make a difference.
During this current time of "quarantine" rivers are cleaning up, vegetation is growing, the air is becoming cleaner because of less pollution.
The Earth is at rest for the first time in many years and hearts are truly transforming.
And remember, we are in the year 2020, and 20 + 20 = 40.
Up until the time Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days and nights being tempted by the devil, we know very little about him. We know he was born in Bethlehem, he caused his parents a panic when he went missing after visiting Jerusalem and we know he was declared as the Messiah by John the Baptist when Jesus came to the River Jordan to be baptised. After the 40 days in the wilderness Jesus was now ready and equipped for his ministry which lasted just 3 years on earth then changed history for the next 2000 years.
He changed water into the finest vintage wine within minutes: he changed death into life for Lazarus: he changed despair into hope for the sick and dying: he changed the mindset of the Roman centurion who had supervised his execution: and he has changed you and me and will continue that process of change all the days of our lives – if we allow him.
So, we live in a time when millions of people are becoming frustrated by the lockdown and refuse or are unable to comply with the ‘stay indoors’ rule. After 40 days plus of coronavirus lockdown, how will we, the people of God be more effective for God as we come out of the current restrictions? As we’ve already been reminded, now can be a time of preparation and change that is promised. What is needed for change to be truly effective in our lives is to install the new operating system – Jesus!
Here's a couple of Hymnalong suggestions -
Jesus You are changing me >>> https://youtu.be/Vrhn8Vv5tHU
May the mind of Christ my Saviour >>> https://youtu.be/O7ob18MMLs8
We have provided many direct links to Chapel recorded hymns/songs over the past 6 weeks but you end up viewing/singalong with the song I have selected for the day. If you click the following link you can choose for yourself which song you want to listen/singalong to whenever you want. I am trying to add new songs each week and we’re now around 60 tracks to choose from. The page also lists all the previous daily emails if you missed any or want to re-read. If you save this link to your desktop, you will be able to access it at any time. >>> https://www.falconlodgechapel.org.uk/index_files/Dayemails.htm
The latest edition of ‘Word for Today’ starts from today and I have delivered several copies through letterboxes over recent days but if you still haven’t had yours, let me know and I’ll get one delivered to you quickly.
MAKE YOU SMILE: FUNNY WISDOM
When you're in over your head, make sure you close your mouth
It's better to arrive 10 minutes late in this life than 10 years early in the next
Never mistake activity for action
Wisdom is knowing which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn
Avoid people who deprive you of solitude without providing you with company
Old Gladys attended a church service one particular Sunday.
The sermon seemed to go on for ever and many in the congregation actually fell asleep.
After the service, in order to be sociable, she moved over towards an elderly gentleman who she had noticed nodding off during the sermon and she extended her hand in greeting and said, "Hello, I'm Gladys Dunn".
The gentleman, looking back through weary eyes, simply replied, "You're not the only one!"