Photo is by Albrecht Fietz from Pixabay

It is a striking photo capturing the stillness of a winter moment

On This Day

On January 11th 1922 Insulin is first used on humans to treat diabetes

On January 11th 1964 there was the first government report by US Surgeon General Luther Terry warning that smoking may be hazardous

On January 11th 2008 New Zealand mountain climber and explorer Sir Edmund Hilary who was the first to summit Mount Everest died at age 88.

On January 11th 2021 Ireland became the country with the world’s highest COVID-19 infection rate after a dramatic surge results in seven-day rolling average of 1,394 cases per million. It became known as the fallout from ‘A Meaningful Christmas’ where there was widespread mixing of people and it all caught up in early January

Birthdays Today

(I was a day early with my birthdays yesterday!) All the birthdays below are actually for today Wednesday Jan 11th

Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny Hurler) is 44

Tom Meighan (Lead singer with Kasabian) is 42

Mary J Blige (Singer) is 52

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City Footballer) is 36

Bryan Robson (Former Man Utd Player) is 66

Saint For Today

No significant saint today

Significance Of Today

Today is International Parity at Work Day. Sadly, despite many decades of activism toward workplace equality, workers continue to experience pay inequality in workplaces all over the world today. No matter what their skin colour, race, nation of origin, religion, or gender, it is only right and reasonable for people to be paid fairly and equally for performing the same jobs for their employers.

Interesting Quote For Today

‘If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.” ~Bruce Barton

Did You Know

Did you know that the size of your liver changes significantly throughout the day.

Thought For The Week

You are a child of God, you are wonderfully made, dearly loved and precious in God’s sight” ~Psalm 139

Yesterday we celebrated the Baptism of Jesus. It is always in early January just after Christmas and its meaning is often lost as we adjust our lives back into routine again. January can be a quiet month especially when we compare it to the hectic energy of December. January may be quiet, but it invites us to new beginnings no matter how small. This is at the heart of any baptism.

No one is in doubt about how special any baptism is but over time it has evolved into a once off event. Once the box of baptism is ticked it seems to have no relevance or meaning for anybody. But the effects of our baptism last a lifetime. Our baptism is lived out each day.

It reminds me of the work of an artist and how any painting is like a baptism. An artist patiently takes their time to create their masterpiece. They will use lots of brushes varying in size, but it is the smallest ones that always bring out the finer details.

It is the same in life. Big sweeping changes in life are rare. God always invites us to work with the smallest of brushes. All the small bits and pieces add up to something special. Our baptism is also similar. It is lived out each day. Like an artist working with a small brush, it is the small brushes that bring out the best of the painting. Our baptism brings out the best in each of us. They all add up to something special and of course that special is you.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday