Prepare Me, Lord

O Lord, teach me to pray, that I may call upon your name. Prepare my heart to seek, and open your ears mercifully to hear me. Almighty and eternal Lord God, you are the Creator and Continual Preserver of all things, both in heaven and earth. By your gracious providence I was at first fearfully and wonderfully made, and even now you keep me and preserve me. I am the workmanship of your hands, and I desire to humble both soul and body before your heavenly majesty.

So here in your presence, Lord, I confess my own unworthiness to come before you, to call upon you, or to perform the least duty that will concern your worship and glory. Because my heart is polluted and unclean, I beg you to be gracious to me for Jesus Christ your Son’s sake. For the sake of his promise, truth, and mercy, have mercy upon me. Pardon and forgive all the sins, iniquities, and trespasses I have ever committed against you, in what I have said or what I have done. Amen. —Robert Parker

The Day After Thanksgiving

Now that you’re full of turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, Crescent Rolls, etc., etc., enjoy some Thanksgiving Day pictures and a video of Jessie and Luna. Also, some good after Thanksgiving laughs.

First, Luna doing a great job catching the ball …

Jessie working hard on her chew toy …

Dogs at play on a Thanksgiving Day afternoon …

Now some after Thanksgiving Day humor …

I’ve heard of Taco Tuesday, but never Taco Turkey …

All I can say, ewwwwwww! …

I’m definitely no cook, but I’m blessed Betty is …

For those who need precise directions …

A jump back to Wednesday’s Good Day video …

Even Captain Kirk had a similar problem …

I love Merry and Pippin’s attitudes …

This would be an awful thought …

Hopefully, all your family members made peace this Thanksgiving …

A good reminder for those who watch and wait in dangerous places so we can have a peaceful, blessed Thanksgiving …

Finally, who and what we are most thankful to and for …

I’m Thankful For …

How Jesus saved me and how his Holy Spirit comforts and guides me.

Betty’s constant love, support, encouragement, and laughing at my stupid comments.

Wade Daniel, Marie, Juliet, Leah, Chris, Javier, Destini, Za’Kyrah, and Javier, Jr. Blessings all.

Our wonderful Golden Retriever, Jessie, who brings us joy, fun, exercise, goofiness, and lots of hair on our rug.

Our Faith Church family, the Elders with whom I serve, the Pastor staff, especially our lead pastor, Mike, who is an excellent Bible teacher, and a good friend.

Our neighbors, especially our very special neighbor Susan who is always there for us and has a great Golden Retriever, Chance. He and Jessie are great friends.

My sister, Jane, with whom I fought when I was her bratty little brother and who is now a great friend. Also, her sons, Kelly and Gary, and Kelly’s son Jory, who surprisingly asked Betty to play with his super powerful and expensive remote-controlled race car.

My extended family on both sides. They are too numerous to list and, if I tried, I’m sure I would leave someone out. Great friends, many of whom are also brothers and sisters in Christ. Plus, the ones who are big Tennessee Volunteer fans. Go Vols!

Wow! There is so much in my life for which I am grateful, thankful and blessed. It all certainly outweighs the sucky things that sometimes happen.

I hope everyone who reads this has a blessed and joy-filled Thanksgiving with family and/or friends and lots of good things to eat.

Good News Wednesday

Maybe not for turkeys in Cincinnati. Enjoy this classic …

Even More Memories

Several years ago, we took my sister, Jane, and her husband, Hack, to visit Yellowstone National Park as we had been several times. We told them the best time to go was in early May as the animals, especially the bears, would be out of hibernation. Since it was still cold and they were hungry, we could see them all during the day. And, we did.

At Yellowstone, you’ll always see Bison. They’re actually more dangerous than the bears.

Another special view is the South falls of the Yellowstone River. Having the snow made it even more interesting.

As expected, we did see Grizzley bears.

One of the major attractions of Yellowstone is all the geysers.

The most famous geyser is Old Faithful and, as the name implies, it did erupt on a regular schedule.