Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Shade of Blue

Year 8-Day 210: Today, I am grateful for shades of blue.

Turquoise and Caribbean blues are my favorites... and periwinkle if you count it as a "blue" and not in the "purple" family. Shades of blue add so much personality to our world. In the blue hues we find calm and joy... oceans and evening skies. In the blues, there are cornflowers and the blue spruce, too. 

Everyone loves blue jeans... in indigo and sun washed shades. The number of shades of blue seem almost countless. 

When summer is in full bloom, as it is here in the Midwest, the many different shades of blue are everywhere. A sunny blue sky with fluffy, white clouds dabbled on the horizon create what most of us would define as the perfect summer sky. You know the shade I am talking about, right? 

What would America be without the Red, the White and the Blue? The blue in the American Flag represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. A military honor guard in dress blues always looks distinguished and dapper. Their presence evokes a sense of respect at the graves of fallen comrades in arms. Yes, blues certainly can be associated with emotions... and even singing the blues. 

God directed craftsmen to use blue along with red and purple for sacred and holy garments and spaces. The "Most Holy Place" in the temple was a place was so filled with God's presence that only the priests could enter and it was only after sincere preparation and soul searching. 

Across the entrance of the Most Holy Place he hung a curtain made of fine linen, decorated with blue, purple, and scarlet thread and embroidered with figures of cherubim.-2 Chronicles 3:14

In the Old Testament, Priests wore symbolic blue ephods over white tunics, as God had directed in the scriptures. It answered the age old question of "what to wear"? They wore symbolic clothing to enter into God's presence to help them remember who HE is, as they were prone to forget. 

We can't leave out the fabulous Cubbie Blue of the Chicago Cubs. Again, that blue stands out in a crowd and separates us from the Cardinal fans. 

We have a nephew who serves as a police officer... Rob... we are grateful for your courage, compassion and integrity as you stand as a part of the thin, blue line. 

Today, I am grateful for shades of blue.

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