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Happy July 13th!

So once again the 13th of the month has fallen on a Friday. It is also a new moon and there was a partial lunar eclipse. An omen maybe? Nah!

Mankind across the globe has fallen victim to these sorts of fables over thousands of years. The natives always looked to the heavens and saw stellar events as signs from the gods. Naive citizens have adopted customs like not walking under a ladder or stepping on a crack to avoid perceived tragedies to occur shortly thereafter the offense.

Another misconception is Friday the 13th. Hollywood has made some good money off this fable and many have avoided planning events on Friday the 13th for fear of it going awry.

From Wikipedia

The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, "originating from the story of Jesus' last supper and crucifixion" in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday. While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century.

An early documented reference in English occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards' 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th:

He [Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday 13th of November he passed away.

It is possible that the publication in 1907 of Thomas W. Lawson's popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth, contributed to disseminating the superstition. In the novel, an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.

Let's look at 1st Timothy

"But reject profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness" 1 Timothy 4

So go ahead and plan that event, head out into the world and shrug off the old wives tales and fables that keep you from living the godly life He has proclaimed for you through His son Jesus.

Have a wonderful rest of the week and may God bless you in your ongoing walk with Him. And remember,

God always answers His kneemail.

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