Pastor Appreciation Day – The Work They Do Is SO Important . . .

Oct 13th

I attempted to practice making the small cake for the top of the cupcake pyramid for my son’s wedding yesterday.  The biggest thing I discovered was that I have  LOT to learn, and that fondant is NOT my friend.  It’s a good thing that they mostly want cupcakes, since I’m pretty good at those.  This cake though, I’m beginning to fret!  I have a WHOLE new appreciation for people who specialize in wedding cakes!  They are creative GENIUSES!

Today should be fun – I’m still nursing an annoying cough, but I’m feeling much better over all.  We’re heading out to meet my son, his fiancee and our future 4 year old grandson at a pumpkin farm today.  We used to go with my son when he was a teenager, which was always a great time, but it’ll be so wonderful with a little one.  There’s something special about watching the look of wonder on a child’s face when they find their perfect pumpkin, take a hay ride to the fields, play in the hay bale maze and pet the reindeer that are at the farm.  It is going to be a good day.

International Skeptics Day – if you’re a “doubting Thomas”, then this is the perfect day for you.  A classic skeptic may wonder if the earth isn’t really round, or the sky isn’t truly blue, or if the person who they love REALLY loves them back?  By definition, a skeptic is a person who questions or doubts facts and theories.  He, or she, is a disbeliever by nature, not accepting the “given”.  If you are inclined to doubt things that you see or hear, then this day would definitely be for you.  I am a skeptic about people and their motivations, but not so much about things that many are skeptical over.  I believe in God, I believe in angels, and I’m truly a believer that we aren’t alone in the universe.  I trust my instincts and intuition and honestly, I believe that somewhere in everyone at least a grain of something good exists.         
     

Navy Day –  In the United States we usually celebrate Navy Day on October 27th.   The date was selected because it was the birthday of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was an avid supporter of the U.S. Navy.  In the 1970’s, research determined that the actual birthday of the U.S. Continental Navy was on October 13, 1775.  At the time there were efforts to move Navy Day to this date, but it is still mostly recognized October 27th.  Today, give some well deserved attention to our proud U.S. Navy, and to the sailors who serve our country.     

Clergy Appreciation Day- We have days to celebrate the leaders and special people in our lives.  We celebrate Presidents, Bosses, Mothers and Fathers, Grandparents and Teachers.  All of these people are those who make decisions that affect our lives.  The positions they hold are often stressful, because of the duties they fulfill, the difficulties they deal with, and often, the expectations that other people put on them.
Well, our clergymen are also leaders in our lives and they truly do have HUGE expectations put on them by the people they serve.  The work of the pastor is to be the voice and hands helping God to lead, direct, teach and counsel us on the path of salvation.  Pastors are only human though, and they deserve to be shown that they are appreciated, to be bolstered up.  People demand so much of their pastors – they expect them to be above being human.  Pastors get tired, emotionally, mentally and physically of ALWAYS being up for everyone.  They are there when people are happy, sad, grieving, dealing with stress in their marriages, struggling with health and financial issues.  Everyone turns to the pastor for strength, but who does he turn to?  Well, obviously God, but we should all be doing that.  I mean, who does the pastor talk to when he is struggling?  Today, for Clergy Appreciation Day, remember the Golden Rule.  How do you like to be treated?  Well, that’s what pastors would like too.  Give your pastor some encouragement today, they deserve and need it just like we do.

This Day In History

1775 – The U.S. Continental Navy was created.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Yorkshire Pudding DayDespite its stately name, Yorkshire Pudding  is nothing than a popover.  Do as the Brits do and serve it for a late Sunday brunch, preferably with a hearty roast or sausages.

Well, we’re off to the pumpkin farm!  Have a wonderful day everyone! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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