DAY 99: Thursday 25 June
Good morning all
Tomorrow morning, I may need to get up slightly earlier as my daily workload will have increased. For the past 89 days of emails, I’ve only had to type 2 digits for each day number, but tomorrow that will increase to 3 digits, a 50% increase of workload, as I will have to type ‘100’. But today we’re still on two digits with the number ‘99’.
What do you think of when you read or hear 99?
Perhaps you think of household cleaning products that claim to kill 99% of all household germs?
Something priced ending with 99p is intended to make us think it’s less expensive and therefore more irresistible – £19.99 is meant to sound considerably cheaper than £20.00.
‘99 Luftballons’ was a Cold War-era protest song by the German singer Nena. Originally sung in German, it was later re-recorded in English as "99 Red Balloons".
Driving up from the south towards John o’ Groats, the final 33 miles is on the A99 trunk road via Wick. The Scottish Daily Record newspaper described the A99 as the most dangerous road in Scotland. I don’t know as I’ve never driven it, although I imagine Jack & Christine Jennings may know that road well?
Given the summer temperatures over the past couple of days, perhaps your mind has already been distracted by the thought of a Cadbury 99 Flake in soft ice-cream?
Followers of Islam are required to learn, memorise and recite the 99 names of Allah which describe God’s divine attributes, many of which are similar to Jewish and Christian names of God – Creator, Omnipotent, Sovereign Lord, The Most Holy, Giver of Peace, Inspirer of Faith, the Great Forgiver.
When I think of ninety nine I am drawn to the parable told by Jesus of the
Good Shepherd who had 100 sheep and 1 goes missing. The Good Shepherd will go after the one lost sheep to bring it back. In our materialistic society, the thinking might be, he’s still got 99% of his flock, why run the inconvenience and risk of going off to search for the one that’s gone missing? Just go with the majority. But that is harsh human thinking. It is all dependent on the relationship with what has been lost – love and a sense of value will always compel one to search for the lost – the shepherd and the sheep, the woman and the lost coin, the father and the lost son. (all found in Luke 15)
Ninety nine can also imply ‘almost but not quite’ – 99% is a very good score but it’s not quite perfect. Would we rush to book a flight on an airline with a 99% safety record – possibly not. Do we remember test cricketers who managed to score 99 – maybe… just about… but we would celebrate those who made a century (or more).
As we’re on a ‘99’ theme, here are the opening words of Psalm 99 –
The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; He sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.
Great is the Lord in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations. Let them praise Your great and awesome name—He is holy.
Here’s a Hymnalong for today >>> LIGHT HAS DAWNED THAT EVER SHALL BLAZE
Rachael Green reported last evening that Charlotte had her MRi scan and the good news is that nothing sinister was detected and was not thought to be epilepsy. Continue to pray for Charlotte that the cause of the blanking out experiences can be identified.
Karen has finally! received all the necessary components to complete her fabric face mask designs so if anyone is still in need of a washable, 3-layer fabric mask (ladies and gentlemen’s versions), give Karen a call - she’s looking for a minimum donation of £2 to cover costs.
MAKE YOU SMILE:
More tomorrow – stay cool (if you can…)