Feb. 29

Good morning!  Happy Leap day and Happy birthday to my future sister in law Madeleine!

Today’s scripture: MARK 1:29-38

29As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

32That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons.33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

35In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” 38He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

The question running around all over the blogosphere and facebook this morning is, “what would you do if you had an extra day in the year?”  Today is that day!!  Today is Leap Day!  So what will you do with your extra 24 hours?  

Oh, there are plenty of people out there who are ready to tell you how to spend your extra day.  There is this handy list  http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/2012/02/28/147591281/time-suck-how-to-spend-the-24-hours-of-leap-day?live=1  for a 24 hour breakdown.  Some newspapers remind us that if a woman proposes marriage today their partner is supposed to say yes. Great sports moments have happened on leap day. There are traditions that happen on Leap Day it turns out. In Scotland, it is unlucky to be born on Leap Day. Today is the day to celebrate St. Oswald in some countries.
I want to also point out that some people take this even further and celebrate the entire year as Leap Year.  In fact, I am really impressed with this project  http://leapyearproject.org/  Check this website out if you have a minute.  This project, the Leap Year Project, is designating this year a year to create change in the year.  In fact, what would you do if there was a year that was different than the others such as this year? not just 24 hours but taking on the year?  We have a unique chance to create change.  They challenge us to “take the leap” and then share our stories.  This could be incredible and powerful.  What if we all spent today or going broader, this year, to create change?
It really is pretty exciting to think that you have a whole extra day in life to do something unique and different.  We have been given extra time.  I hadn’t thought about this until I woke up this morning…what will I do today?
We can follow the example of scripture.  When Simon’s mother is given the gift of extra time, she picks up and serves.  Jesus makes the most of each day in order to create change.  But when he does create that change, it is responded to by extra service.  Perhaps we could take this example and run with it.  We are given the gift of life and perhaps today we can find a way to honor that.  What will you do today?
Prayer: Creator God, thank you for this extra gift of time and life.  May we respond to your healing touch in serving others. Amen.
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