Today is Saturday, February 16, 2019.
26 days until our next Glen Rose weekend!!
“He was one of those men who think that the world can be saved by writing a pamphlet.”
Benjamin Disraeli, British politician, 1804-1881
The word of the day is passeggiata, “A leisurely walk, a promenade, esp. one taken at a regular time.” (Oxford English Dictionary)
The wedding last night was great! Everything went so well, and it was so beautiful. I even cried a little. I was told multiple times that I did a great job on the music. I felt good about it, too. There were some minor bobbles, here and there, but nothing major. One thing this has done was to boost my confidence as a musician. I had never played at a wedding before (at least not that I can remember). And it was great fun.
The reception was nice, as well. After we had all sat around tables for a little bit, the wedding party came in a side door, each pair of bridesmaid/groomsman announced by the DJ, as well as the parents of bride and groom, and they all had their own little dance to do as they came in. It was great fun! C got a couple of videos on her phone, I think. We didn’t stay for the whole reception, though. When they started serving the dinner, we decided to head out. For one thing, we were actually afraid there wouldn’t be enough food for all the people that were there. We were aware that the groom’s mother was also concerned about that. So we did our part and didn’t eat any of it. Hahaha! I was tired, anyway. And I think S was probably ready to get out of there. It was a large crowd of people, and that is exhausting for me, as well. It was enough “peopling” for one day.
Today, it appears that we are all getting new phones. Both mine and C’s have been experiencing issues charging, and S’s has had a problem with the microphone for a long time, meaning that we sometimes can’t hear her when she’s talking to us. So I think we will all upgrade to the iPhone XR today.
Other than that, the only plans are the grocery pickup between 1:00 and 2:00 PM, and I will need to practice a little bit for tomorrow, as well as finalize my four songs for next Saturday’s Night of Worship, the first one of the year.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
The voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD: “‘Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!’ For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the LORD.”
Today I am grateful:
1. That my playing went well last night.
2. For the new lives that began last night, as Jared and Bless began their marriage.
3. That God is the source of who I am.
4. That God is my Abba.
5. That I can experience the same relationship with the Father as Jesus had.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in though, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
(The Book of Common Prayer)
In the spirit of full disclosure and brutal honesty, I will confess that I most definitely failed at demonstrating love for God and others, yesterday. As soon as I got to work, I was hit with inconvenient issues, which I will not attempt to explain, as they wouldn’t make sense to anyone else. This does not excuse my reactions, though. I didn’t handle things well. I don’t believe that I acted out toward anyone . . . it was kept mostly private, but I do know that a couple of people know I was frustrated with things. During one conversation with our lead, a guy that I like and respect quite a bit, we both agreed that, even though yesterday was Friday the 15th, it was acting an awful lot like it mistook the five for a three. Not that I’m superstitious or anything. Anyway . . . chalk that day up to experience and hope that I learn from it. As mentioned above, the evening was tremendous, so it kind of made up for the rough start.
(From Faith That Matters)
Today’s reading is “Embrace and Receive Abba’s Love,” by Henri J.M. Nouwen.
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
When we call out to God, “Abba! Father!” we are not so much naming God as we are “entering into the same intimate, fearless, trusting, and empowering relationship with God that Jesus had.” We receive the Spirit of Jesus, and this Spirit enables us to cry out, “Abba! Father!”
This is a “cry of the heart, a prayer welling up from our innermost beings.” With this cry, we claim “God as the source of who we are.” There is a line in the book, The Cloud of Unknowing, that says, “He is your being and in him you are what you are.” Not only can I do nothing with God, I am nothing without Him. It is not “sudden insight or acquired conviction” that tells me this. “It is the claim that the Spirit of Jesus makes in communion with our spirits. It is the claim of love.”
The word, Abba, is an intimate word. You’ve probably seen, many times, as have I, that the best translation of the word is “Daddy.” It expresses “trust, safety, confidence, belonging, and most of all intimacy.” What it does not express is equally important. It does not express “authority, power, and control.” These are characteristics that “father” sometimes expresses. And while it is true that our Father does possess authority, power, and control, when we look to Him as Abba, we are embracing the intimacy of nurturing love. There is most certainly room for both in our lives.
“The Spirit reveals to us that God is our Abba–for we are his beloved children.”
Father, may I come to You more often as “Abba!” Teach me the willingness to experience Your embrace and nurturing love, and to accept this intimacy with You, just as Jesus had. I thank You that I have my being in You, that You are the Source of who I am.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen. (And sisters!) Galatians 6:18
Soli Deo Gloria!