Good morning. It is Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Today is Bookmobile Day!! I didn’t even know such a day existed!! I love the idea of a bookmobile, although I have never actually seen one. The thought of a van bringing books to my house is . . . is . . . I can’t even come up with a word to describe the joy it would bring me! :-D
My orientation sessions for the new job should be this morning and tomorrow. They couldn’t get the online classes to load on my profile yesterday, so I still don’t have access to their system. But I should be able to do some of those this afternoon. I’m ready to get my hands on some stuff and get some work done!
Christi got a call from another recruiter yesterday afternoon, this one, I believe, from Accenture. They were interested in placing her in a job. At Dex Media. How funny is that? She explained to them that this was where she got laid off, but they want to submit her resume, anyway. We decided, why not? It’s work, and if it works out, it would be income. It’s a six month contract position, so she could still continue looking for another job during this time.
(From The Divine Hours)
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD!
Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
Let them know that this is your hand; you, O LORD, have done it!
Summon your power, O God, the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.
The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.
Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!
Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.
to God the Father,
God the Son,
and God the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
so it is now and so it shall ever be,
world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Today’s reading in Reflections for Ragamuffins is “His Greatest Power.”
“The power and wisdom of God is singularly manifested in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Are we surprised that, from the greatest act of our Savior’s love, came the greatest power of God? We do not imitate a “dead hero!” This is the great mystery: we live in Christ and he lives in us through the Holy Spirit! We are empowered, through this Spirit, to “lead a new life where sin has no place.” Biblical scholar John McKenzie says, “How often are Christians unwilling to believe that they have been transformed and that the impossible has become possible?”
Do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that by testing you may discern what is the
will of God,
what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Father, this is a great mystery, indeed, and I do believe it! Why, then, do I seem to lack power so often? I pray for the transformation that has already taken place to grab hold of me and affect my life, that I might consistently lead this “new life where sin has no place!” I cannot ask you to transform me, because that has already taken place. I died with Christ on the cross, have been resurrected in him, and have been glorified in him. Yet I wait, in this feeble jar of clay, for these things to physically take place. Oh, the joy that the thought of our resurrection brings me. As we get closer to the day that we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, I pray that you would drive this truth deeper into my spirit, that I might truly “get it.”
I pray for this day today. May my drive to work and home be safe and smooth. Help me pin down a routine and a good route to work. I pray for Christi today. I am so thankful that her back is still feeling good. I pray that this continue. I also pray that she might get a job soon, at least get some income coming in, even if it might not be the permanent position she will land in. Give her grace and purpose, as she struggles with identity. Help us all find our identity in you, not in the things we do. I pray, as always, for Stephanie to have wisdom and understanding in her life.
Your grace is sufficient.
I also lift up Summer and her horse (it’s not really hers, but you know), that the colt might be born today. She is really stressing out over this.
May the power of the resurrected Lord be yours today.
Grace and peace, friends.