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April 28th, 2007

Daily Bread - Deuteronomy 16:1-22

Daily Bread

Title: Feasts and Celebrations
Deuteronomy 16:1-22

This chapter speaks of three different celebrations that the Jewish people were commanded to observe. First is the Passover, remembering how their firstborn were spared by the blood of the lamb. You could say that Christians also observe Passover, but we call it Easter; and our savior is not the blood of earthly lambs, but the blood of the Son.
The second festival is the Feast of Weeks. This is a festival at harvest time to remember and thank God for his grace. Though He cursed the ground that man would need to work hard to bring forth his crops, He also blesses the harvest so His people may eat and rejoice.
Third is the Feast of Tabernacles. This was celebrated at the end of the harvest, remembering God's wonderful mercy and His plan for His chosen people.

All of these festivals were established with the intent that God's chosen people would remember Him. God could have threatened them and told them to fast as a holiday to remember Him. Instead, He gave His people joyful celebrations - full of food, drink, singing, and happiness! God is pleased when His people rejoice in His goodness.

When people begin to celebrate without remembering God, however, this is very disappointing. I think about our Christmas. So many people forget that it is Jesus who makes Christmas joyful! We get distracted by presents (myself included) and it is hard to focus on God. I pray that God's people might worship Him in spirit, in truth, and remember Him in all our celebrations. May He be first upon our minds during these happy times!

Don't forget -- there is a far greater feast to come, and Jesus has knocked on our door to come to dine with us!!

One Word: Celebrate God!

SQL, you disappoint me

Today, today...

I slept in until 9:00 and then got myself organized. It seems that I will be done with this semester and on my way home May 19! I am really looking forward to that day. As for today, though, I was [fairly] busy at work. I spent most of this afternoon writing my final paper for 670. I think it is coming along -- but it is hard to know just what he is looking for. After a few hours of this, I decided to take a nap. When I sat on my bed, though, I felt rather lonely. So, instead of sleeping, I decided to call gram and pap. I haven't had time to talk to them in months! We had a fun chat! I am looking forward to seeing them again in late May :) We can go sit on their hillside and watch the deer come out of the woods. Also, I miss the cats - Dot and Alice and ol' one-eye, who is also named Snookems. Snookems is kinda grumpy these days, but the other two are quite lovable and fuzzy. They also have weird voices.

This evening I practiced singing with the team. The singing one-by-one took me back to Noh practice! Somehow my voice was very small tonight, though. I know that I would get a rap of the fan on my back for that!

Since getting back, I have been trying to find a way to write an SQL statement that would generate a nice report form, including both 1:N and N:M relationships. While in my mind I am picturing an ideal form, the SQL cannot run it. Instead of giving me a clean layout with Concert name, date, and then all the performers listed, it would give me repeated name and date for each member, since they come from a separate table. When the query pulls the information in from this other table, it repeats the concert data in each row. So the report would be one long repeater - and that is not what I am going for. Ah, SQL, you fail me! There must be a way...but I don't know it. Anybody have any ideas? I don't think any of my friends have secret hidden knowledge of SQL, do they?

Finally, I was inspired to make a Nehemiah icon, but there are very limited pictures of him available for use. I suppose I could use some more colorful icons, though^^ He is hard at work to encourage me not to give up during these last few weeks!

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