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My Little Buddy Boots

Boots On Guest Bed

This was my little feline buddy ‘Boots’. I met him in 1994, and we officially became housemates on New Year’s Day 1995. Over the years Boots developed my personality in a cat’s body. He was the smartest cat I’ve ever met. I talked to him, and he understood me, and he responded to me.

Boots’ favorite hobbies included greeting me at the front door all the time, following me everywhere I went, watching my every move, eating with me, sleeping with me, and (for fun) pushing geckos off the back porch screen in order to “save my life”. If Boots saw a gecko climbing on the outside of the screen it would only take him mere seconds to jump up and push that gecko off the screen and tumbling 15 feet to the ground below. Once he did that he’d look back at me for my instant approval (which I always granted).

Boots was with me for 12½ years – the toughest 12½ years of my adult life. Exactly 15 years ago this week on May 16TH 2007 was a horrible night for Boots and I. He was in agonizing pain (due to the effects of various diseases), and he could no longer hide it. He was screaming all night long. He could no longer walk. He lost the ability to purr. I knew that was his last night of life.

The next morning I made the ultimate decision to put him to sleep to end his terminal pain and suffering that he was enduring. I was with him at the very end at the animal hospital, and he meowed at me one last time as if to thank me for loving him for all of those years. His eyes slowly closed after that, and I cried.

His doctor said it was my final good deed for him, and that he probably lived much longer than he should have – due to the love that I provided to him over the years.

Boots On The Couch
Psalm 34-18

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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday May 15TH 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

It’s the 203RD edition of #SundayScripture. I’ve enjoyed bringing God’s Good News to you every Sunday for the past 4+ years. My first #SundayScripture was presented on February 25TH 2018, and it’s continued on almost every Sunday since then. (I’ve missed 18 Sundays over the past 221 weeks.)

I Thank You for checking out my blog on a regular basis. I know that some of you only come here for #SundayScripture and #Top10Monday. I also have a rather large readership for #TravelThursday and #RetroFriday. And of course all of the bots that check out my blog every day – particularly the posts that I wrote several years ago. (Bots with fake identities and profiles don’t just exist on Twitter and Facebook. They are also over here on WordPress.)

Starting this week and continuing for the rest of the month (May 2022 for the bots) I’ll be posting a 5TH entry each week – starting this Tuesday to cap this week – and then again this Wednesday to kickoff the new week.

Starting next #SundayScripture – and running through the end of June – I’ll be transcribing one of my recent sermons that I preached to my church family at the end of February – “Stones & Stumbles”. It’s the follow-up to “Holy & Redeemed” which I presented on here in December and January. “Stones & Stumbles” covers 1 Peter 1:23-2:9. (“Holy & Redeemed” concluded with 1 Peter 1:23.)

If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. The best is yet to come !

Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:

The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday May 08TH 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

It’s the second of two Sunday mornings in a row of preaching God’s Word for my church family. Last Sunday went pretty well, and it received positive reactions. I’m excited about doing it again this morning – preaching another unrehearsed and spontaneous sermon from the heart – wholly glorifying God. Today I’ll preach on “People & Places”, and we’ll also observe and celebrate a very special Mother’s Day edition of Communion – as I highlight Mary – mother of Jesus.

Photo by George Dolgikh @ Giftpundits.com on Pexels.com

It is Mother’s Day here in the U.S.A. and in many nations all around the world. (Some countries celebrate Mother’s Day in March and in other months of the year.)

As the Bible says in the Gospel of Luke – Chapter 1 – Verses 31 to 33:

“… You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His ancestor David. And He will reign over Israel forever. His Kingdom will never end !”

Mary hosted the body and blood of Jesus, as she carried Him in her womb for 9 months. Mary delivered His body and blood into the world – for the benefit of all creation.

To all of the Moms reading my blog I thank you for all you do for your children, and for bringing them into this world as new creations. I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day !

If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. The best is yet to come !

Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:

The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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Sunday Scripture

Greetings my friends. It is Sunday May 01ST 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

It’s the first of two Sunday mornings in a row of preaching God’s Word for my church family. I’m excited about it. It should be very interesting, as I preach two totally unrehearsed and spontaneous sermons from the heart – wholly glorifying God.

Some of you have asked me if I can place videos of our sermons on here. No – I can’t at this time. We don’t record our sermons. We’ve tried in the past with an iPhone and an iPad, but it didn’t work out very well. We tried with Facebook LIVE. That didn’t work either. Our Pastor even preached his sermon to an empty sanctuary and his iPad on a Friday or a Saturday, and then he posted it to our Facebook page on Sunday morning at nearly the same time that he preached it LIVE to us. That was just awkward.

We’re a small church with a small budget, and I kind of like it like that – coming from a big church with a big budget for 8+ years before arriving at my current church of the past 7+ years. There are positives and negatives with both the big church experience – as well as the small church experience. Some of the bells and whistles of the big church experience were impressive, and some were just plain annoying – if not perhaps even a bit offensive. I’m enjoying the positives of the small church experience during this part of my fantastic journey.

I think the best way to share a sermon with you is when I transcribe it into a series of blog posts – much as I did for 6 Sundays in December 2021 and January 2022 with my message on being “Holy & Redeemed”. (Check out my SERMONS page for links.) I may do the same with “Stones & Stumbles” – which served as the sequel to “Holy & Redeemed” and covered 1 Peter 1:23 to 2:9. It’ll probably be another 6-part blog series. I may kick that off in a few weeks.

Meanwhile here’s one of the memes that I’ll preach on later today:

If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. The best is yet to come !

Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:

The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp