Receive the word of God, not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God.

Last night, I had dinner with my sons, my daughter in law Megan (the Bauer version), Chris Ellis, Chris’ son Drew and Chris’ significant other Lisa.  We all met at Hooters to watch the football game pitting the Tigers against the Tigers.  Richard and Chris work together as the only male faculty members at St. Mary Magdalen.  As the night went on (and as the first half went on, and on, and on – the game started at 7 and it was past 9:30 before the second half started), it was fun to sit back and watch Richard and Chris interact with each other.  Thinking about that this morning, one might think I was jealous that Richard has developed that close a relationship with a man about the same age as me, but I have to tell you that I’m not the least bit jealous.  He reminds me of a younger me when we were still living in Decatur, IL.  Sarah came home from choir practice one night and said she invited a couple over for dinner.  This couple came over the next week and they became two of the closest friends we have had the privilege of knowing – Bernie and Terry Petrack.  Funny thing was, they were our parents age.  Didn’t matter.  Bernie became someone who I could talk to about anything, work on home projects together, play golf together.  He was a true friend and mentor for me.  Our friendship in no way deterred from the love I had for my father and my father in law.  I see this same relationship with Richard and Chris and I hope the two can become as close as Bernie and I did.

Do something great for our Lord today – think about your close friends and confidants whom the Lord has blessed you with…they are a great treasure to have.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

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