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I drove Frank and Lue to see Dr. Butterbaugh, an orthopedic surgeon at Wexford. Lue liked the doctor and got scheduled to have surgery on her shoulder for April 17, the Friday after she returns from Florida. It will be about an hour procedure and she will go home the same day. She expects to be off work for about two weeks. The only downside is that she will have this bad pain for 2 months until the surgery and then for another 2 months following the procedure; so 4 more months of pain.
Bridgette Beinhaur got her last biopsy back. She was very happy to learn that she is now cancer free.
I watched most of the Daytona 500 that was postponed until late this afternoon. Hamlin won it, but as the race ended, Ryan Newman had an unbelievable crash. Newman was leading the pack until he was bumped from behind by Ryan Blaney. The contact sent Newman crashing into the wall before another driver collided with the driver's side of Newman's vehicle, sending Newman's No. 6 airborne before it came crashing to a halt upside-down on the side of the track. He is in serious condition but his injuries are thought to be non-life threatening. They are being rather tight-lipped about his condition.
I preached this morning. The sermon was on prayer.
I was going to watch the Daytona 500 but it was rained out. It will be restarted at 4 pm on Monday.
This morning the temperature was 5.7°. That is the lowest temperature in Clarion since March 5th of last year.
Frank and Lue made it home after traveling all night.
Today was the coldest day in Clarion since March 6, 345 days days ago. We were 9° below normal, breaking the string of 22 straight days with above normal temperatures.
I picked Danny up after school and took him and his stuff to his house. His parents would be home in the next several hours as they were flying home from Vegas. Danny stayed with me from Sunday to today.
Gary, Karen, and I went to Trails End and had crab legs. They were really good. There were a number of people there celebrating Valentine’s Day. I saw Blaine and Kelly there.
We got a few inches of snow and then some freezing rain. Schools were dismissed early and evening activities were canceled at the church. I took Twila to physical therapy in the morning. My snowblower won't go into a forward gear so I had a very difficult time getting my driveway cleared of the snow.
Dude is back from Nashville. Earlier in the week, it had taken him 14 hours to get there because of the weather. While there, he got the flu and then passed out while making a presentation. All the flights were delayed coming back, so he and Charlie rented a car and drove back to Pittsburgh. Tonight, he took Linda, Alisha, Twila, and me to the Cooks Forest Country Inn. He had never been there before and I was only there once, back in 1986. They had one of the biggest pieces of fish you will ever see.
Twila remained sick though she was a little better by evening. I took her back home around 11 am. She had to cancel Drew’s birthday lunch. He will be up in a couple weeks.
I went to sweep the floor but the sweeper died. So I went off to K-Mart and bought another. By the time I got it home and put it together, I lost my ambition to sweep.
Frank and Lue saw a notice on the BiLo bulletin board. A woman was selling her son's train set and table. Frank went and bought it. I want to go out to see it tomorrow.
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. Matthew 5:13
God’s people are His preserving agents for a world that is corrupted and degenerating because of sin. Your life is designed and commissioned by God to enhance a community and to preserve what is good and right. There is deep significance today for a godly life that is involved in its community. The presence of Christ in you makes all that He is available to others. His salvation can free an addict, mend a broken home, heal the pain of the past, restore a wayward child, and comfort a grieving heart. All of this is available to those around you as Christ expresses His life through you.
If we are not in a right relationship with our Lord, however, Jesus said we are like salt that has lost its saltiness and is, therefore, good for nothing. None of God’s saving grace and power can be dispensed through us to others. How do we test the “saltiness” of our life? Look at our family. Are we preserving it from the destructive influences that surround it? Examine our workplace. Are the sinful influences in our work environment being halted because we are there? Observe our community. Is it a better place because we are involved in it? What about our church? The evidence that we have been used by God as a preserving agent is that things are becoming spiritually better around us instead of worse. If people around us are deteriorating spiritually, we need to go to our Lord and allow Him to adjust our lives so that we can be used to preserve others.
Acts 1:6–11 (CSB)
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?”
7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
9 After he had said this, he was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going, they were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them. 11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen him going into heaven.”