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Sunday, March 3 2002

Beginning of the month

Nearly every Friday afternoon Pat and I take our foster son to Blair County for an overnight visit with his father and siblings. And nearly every Friday night, on the way home, we stop at one of our favorite restaurants to eat. The parking lot was full so we tried two more and found them full also. My first thought was to attribute the crowds to people coming out to eat during Lent. Pat quickly said, "No. It's the beginning of the month thing."

I had to agree with her. It was March 1, so the third would fall on a Sunday, so the Social Security checks would have arrived. Also, many pensioners receive their checks on the first of the month, as do welfare recipients. All these people seem to rush to the bank to cash their checks, then go out to stores and restaurants to spread their cash around and keep the economy going.

Pat and I have long noted this behavior and have adjusted our shopping and eating out so as to avoid the crowds. Wheelchairs and guide dogs pose problems in crowded situations. We hardly ever go grocery shopping during the first week of the month. And after finding the third restaurant too busy for us on Friday, we came home to eat. Eating in was more to my liking anyway. Pat had just made a fresh batch of ham and bean soup yesterday and you all know that soup tastes even better on the second day.

Blair and Cambria Counties have a very high percentage of elderly, and they are a prominent force in the local economy. These senior citizens do much of their banking and shopping during the first week of the month.

I have a question for you who have moved to other parts of the state and country: Is this beginning of the month happening as noticeable in your area?

"Old is when"

. . .Your sweetie says, "Let's go upstairs and make love," and you answer, "Honey, I can't do both!"

. . .Your friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes and you're barefoot.

. . .A sexy babe catches your fancy and your pacemaker opens the garage door.

Sent by Trudy Myers

Sacrifice

Sacrifice, in the Bible, means that we give to God the best we have; it is the finest form of worship. Sacrifice is not giving up things, but giving to God with joy the best we have. We have dragged down the idea of surrender and of sacrifice; we have taken the life out of the words and made them mean something sad and weary and despicable.

In the Bible, they mean the very opposite. To go out in surrender to God means the surrendering of the miserable sense of my own unimportance: Am I willing to surrender that mean little sense for the great big idea God has for me? Am I willing to surrender the fact that I am an ignorant, useless, worthless, too-old person? There is more hindrance to God's work because people cling to a sense of unworthiness than because of conceit. "Who am I?"

Instantly, the trend of the mind is to say - "Oh, well, I have not had any education"; "I did not begin soon enough." Am I willing to surrender the whole thing, and go out in surrender to God; to go out of the carnal mind into the spiritual—"fools for Christ's sake" (see 1 Corinthians 4:10)?

Abraham surrendered himself entirely to the supernatural God. Have you got hold of a supernatural God?—not, do you know what God is going to do? You cannot know, but you have faith in him, and therefore he can do what he likes. m.

— Oswald Chambers
Men's Devotional Bible-NIV
Sent by Judy Martin

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