2013 In Review

If you have a blog on WordPress.com you may have gotten a year end summary of your blog – how often it was viewed, what posts were popular and where the viewers were from in addition to those who commented the most and what they commented on. All in all pretty comprehensive. In sending me this report WordPress.com said “The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.”

As you may have gathered, numbers and popularity are not something I am muchly interested in – the long run. It is nice to see that people have viewed the posts and left comments. But mainly because I want to make sure that what I write is of interest and worth to others. And this summary of the year tells me that many found it of interest and came back to read more. I am truly grateful for your interest.

I have to be amused though that this report does not include the very last day of the year! Supposing I write something so over the top great on the last day that blows these stats out of the water! I doubt it would happen, but still . . .

Mostly I am thankful to God that the Lord has given my the endurance and stamina to post something each day. And the inspiration. Praise to God for that!! I have a good source though – the Bible! And of course the daily verses from it that Third Way Cafe provides with their “Sip of Scripture.”  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be associated with them for so many years.

So read what WordPress. com has to say and where they place their importance and emphasis. But remember too that it is our Lord God where we should place emphasis and importance. May God be with you in the coming year. And I hope you will continue to check in with me daily in the coming year. May it bring you closer to God. Selah! And shalom!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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PRAY FOR PEACE . . . Who shall we pray for?

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.” For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity. “ (Psalms 122:6-9 from Psalm 122:1-9 )

I had thought at first I would do a paraphrase and an updating of this passage. But as I was ready to begin, I thought “Who or what nation or place should I put in for ‘Jerusalem’?” And it was at that point I was stumped and knew I could not continue. Indeed, I should not continue. For what ever name of place or person I put in, someone would be left out. And if I put in some generic term like the “global community” it would be so neutral as to mean nothing.

Mmmm . . . maybe what I could do is allow you, gentle reader to put in the name or places that you would pray for. And that would work and give you a wonderful meditation. But would that right and in keeping with our triune theme which is just one day away from passing into history?

So here is the challenge I set before myself – to make something contemporary out of something very old.

“Pray for the peace of your neighborhood, and the neighbor far away: “May they prosper who love you, and who you love. But may those for whom love is not a reality prosper also. Peace be within your walls and all the walls that humanity has constructed. And security within the hearts of every nation. But may each nation’s security not threaten another nation.” For the sake of every one of God’s children’s relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God who is the God of child, women and man, I will seek their prosperity. “ Selah! And shalom for the days to come.