Today is the first of July, 2016.
In just a few days our country will be 240 years old, if we count the time of the signing of the final version of the Declaration of Independence. My marriage will be 42 years and counting since we said “I Do.” In fact, this weekend will celebrate 13 years ago that we signed the papers on our house as we relocated from Alaska to Washington.
There are myriad of milestones that others will celebrate, but this is the first time, it seems, that we have had a 4 day weekend to enjoy.
My wife took a day off from work, Monday is the holiday, the kids will be here this weekend, and we will get to play the role of grandparents. What a grand time to enjoy some special time of celebration!
As kids, this weekend was often celebrated on dark streets with bottle rockets! We would hide their lighting and then toss them over our shoulders at each other as we simulated the rockets red glare and those bombs bursting in air (from the Star Spangled Banner). Daytime was trying to see all the innovative ways we could make firecrackers do something more than explode… I will not share those here today. They may be illegal and I would hate to have the thought police knocking on my door!
Those innocent days seem to be so far gone. Most of the fireworks we bought for pennies now take a small fortune to enjoy, even if you could find them.
So, this quiet morning made me think of the span of time that crosses from the beginning, to the present. It’s a little daunting to see such numbers… Think about it for a moment, though nearly 240 years has passed since this date in 1776, it can be calculated a little differently.
7,573,910,400 seconds (Billions)
126,231,840 minutes (Millions)
2,103,864 hours (Millions)
87,661 days (Thousands)
12,523 weeks (Thousands)
The year my granddad passed, they had been married 65 years. It was far easier to remember his age than most – he was born in 1900, thus he was 87 years old when he passed. So, my goal is that my bride and I will celebrate at least that, and we have only 23 years more to had to our 42 this weekend. How does that translate?
725,760,000 seconds (Millions)
12,096,000 minutes (Millions)
201,600 hours (Thousands)
8400 days (Thousands)
1200 weeks (Thousands)
Just 1200 more weeks! That’s nearly a tenth of the amount of time this country has been in existence! At least there is no “BILLION” in the calculation! Regardless, I was thinking about how to make all these moments of time count. I do not want to waste a single second!
(All calculations are taken from the website: Click Here for TimeAndDate.com)
To make this weekend count I will take a hiatus from writing a daily blog, unless the thought urges me… So, until the weekend has past, my hope is that you enjoy your time with family and friends. Celebrate the sacrifice of history past that brings us the reason for this weekend of celebration. Pray for the future of our country. There are many challenges in front of us. While you are at it… Pray for all those struggling around the world in hopeless situations.
I hope these prayerful thoughts direct some of your time.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.” (Psalms 122:6-7 NKJV)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:43-45 NKJV)
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:26-28 NKJV)
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. (James 5:14-18 NKJV)