On Leap Day—2008

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SO HOW ARE YOU PLANNING to use your extra day today? Remember, you’re not going to get another bonus February 29 till 2012. So use it wisely, all ye who constantly bray that “If only I had an extra 24 hours…”

Yes, 2008 has 366 days—not 365. And today is the extra one. So stop the whining, put a sock in it, and do something so incredibly useful with your extra day today that you’ll go to bed tonight smugly smiling right out loud.

In considering the concept of Leap Year, I felt moved to see what my Bible has to say about “leap” or “leaping.” Here are the results I found most interesting, from BibleGateway.com. Your mileage may vary:

  • “Yet these you may eat of every flying insect that creeps on all fours: those which have jointed legs above their feet with which to leap on the earth”—Leviticus 11:21. (I’ll pass, thanks all the same. I can’t get past okra and cilantro.)
  • “For by You I can run against a troop; by my God I can leap over a wall”—2 Samuel 22:30; also Psalm 18:29. (Huh? David plagiarizes Samuel?)
  • “The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills”—Song of Solomon 2:8. (The Tom Cruise couch-jumping effect, understood only by those in love—or at least what they perceive to be love.)
  • “Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert”—Isaiah 35:6. (Even so, and verily, may it soon be, when God makes all things new.)
  • Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets”—Luke 6:22, 23. (Leap for joy when I’m hated and reviled? Hmmmm. OK if I just nod my head a little instead?)

And with that, I leap to a conclusion—of this post, at least.

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