February is a funny little month. First of all, its name just doesn’t sound like it’s spelled. At least most people say “Feb-uary,” not sounding the “r”. We usually just drop that misplaced letter. Then we have a case of “is it 28 days or 29 days?” As is the case this year, it’s called Leap Year, and we have 29 days. We also have Groundhog Day in February. Apparently, (if you can believe the little furry rodent) this year we will only have six more weeks of winter. We celebrate President’s Day in February…well, the kids do anyhow, with a day off from school.
This year, Ash “Wednesday” (another one of those words with a letter stuck in there. Hey, what’s up with the “d” anyway?) also falls in this funny little month of February. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Every year we join our community churches to celebrate the Easter season. Every Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, we join the Twin City Ministerial Association churches in celebrating the wonderful gift our Savior gave us in His death and resurrection. Our church will host both the Ash Wednesday and Good Friday services this year. I hope you’ll be able to attend these inspirational services.
In the Phillips family, we will be celebrating another birthday during this month, and in the years to come. If all goes as planned and our little one doesn’t decide to throw us a curveball, Sawyer will be born on the 8th of February. My B-Day is the 26th so “he” or “she” picked a good month, right?
You may be asking, “You missed a holiday, Pastor Rod.” No, I just wanted to save the best for last! Although the birth of my third grandchild could never be outdone by a little cherub flying around with a bow and arrow, shooting her (or is she a he? I can never tell!) love arrows. The greeting card companies and candy manufacturers may think they have a corner on Valentine’s Day market. However, the greatest gift of love the world has ever seen or experienced, is a gift given to us, and that gift is described in John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” Now that’s a Valentine’s Day message!
Enjoy February folks…
God Bless You!