I Trust In You; You Are My God

Today is Friday, February 24, 2017. One more day until Spring Training games begin.

Quote of the Day

“Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.” – E. B. White

Word of the Day

Scapegrace – a complete rogue or rascal; a habitually unscrupulous person; scamp.

Today is Tortilla Chip Day. There’s another “holiday” I can fully support! I love tortilla chips. In fact, I think that Tostitos have recently replaced Fritos as my favorite chip. I especially like their “Cantina Thin and Crispy” varieties. I had some last night with my Mexican Soup. By the way, the addition of the corn and chicken broth kicked that up a big notch!

The weekend is nigh! We made it to Friday! What’s happening this weekend? Well, for starters, the Texas Rangers begin Spring Training games. The Red Sox play the Mets today, in Florida. Baseball is back!

Also for the weekend, we will try to get a new tire for C’s car, to replace the one that got busted last Friday. She also needs to pick up her new glasses. On Sunday, we have plans to take R and J to one of those “escape rooms” in Fort Worth, where we will attempt to solve puzzles and riddles related to the great Cthulhu! That should be great fun!

38 more days until Opening Day!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard, 
  who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.
Psalm 66:8-9

With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes.
Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O LORD, according to your justice give me life.
Psalm 119:145, 149

I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you. 
For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
Psalm 56:12-13

Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. Psalm 86:2

Father, as I ponder these passages from Psalms today, may I do what they say. May I cry out to you with my whole heart and may you give me life. May I walk before you in the easy yoke of Christ, walking in his words and following his actions. You have, indeed, delivered my soul from death, and I pray that you continuously keep my feet from falling. I trust in you; you are my God.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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Jars of Clay

Today is Thursday, February 23, 2017. Two more days until Spring Training games begin!

Quote of the Day

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” ― Tom Bodett

Word of the Day

Misogynous – Of or characterized by a hatred of women.

Today is Chili Day. I just learned something, too. The web site that I get most of these from is British, and it turns out that the British spell “chili,” “chilli.” That’s right. It has an extra L. I thought it was a typo, but I consulted the ubiquitous Interwebs, and they told me that in British English, it’s spelled “chilli.” So there you go. No extra charge for that. Anyway . . . I love chili, any time of year. I will eat it in any month, no matter how hot it is outside. My only stipulation is that it does NOT have beans. The only chili that I have ever liked with beans in it was our pastor’s mother’s special chili. It tastes so good that it’s okay that she puts beans in it.

C seems to be feeling better, as reported when she got home from work last night. She said her legs were better. Hopefully, that improvement will continue. The next thing I will be counting down to will be our weekend in Glen Rose, which comes up in just over two weeks. I think that will be a good time for both of us, as we typically do pretty much nothing for four days. Nothing except sit on the front porch or in the hot tub, relaxing and reading. Or napping.

Nothing else going on, really. Unfortunately, we have already started our Mexican Soup in the crock pot, before I saw that today is Chili Day, so dinner tonight will not be chili. That’s okay, though. This soup is always delicious. And we have added a couple of new things to it, so we will see how that turns out.

39 days until Opening Day!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the LORD! Psalm 115:18

Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant. Psalm 86:16

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7

Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. Psalm 54:4

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
  He was in the beginning with God. 
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 
  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:1-5

(From The President’s Devotional)

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 
  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 
persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 
  always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
2 Corinthians 4:7-10

Joshua DuBois, in an effort to help us reflect on this treasure that we carry in our “jars of clay,” writes a parable of sorts. Imagine that you are walking on the street and a stranger taps you on the shoulder. He extends his hand, and as you tentatively reach out, he places a perfectly formed diamond in your hand. After being tested for authenticity, it turns out to be a priceless treasure.

“We walk around with such treasure, today and every day.” In these “jars of clay,” we carry the Spirit of God, eternal life, “given freely to us through faith in Jesus Christ.” May we cultivate that Spirit, listening to his voice as he speaks to us every day, and may we obey his promptings as he guides us through life.

“Dear Father, thank you for the gift of your salvation. I will never take it for granted; I will marvel at it all my days. Amen.” (Joshua DuBois)

Father, may I, too, marvel at this precious gift every day. When things don’t go the way I think they should, help me to stop and reflect on what I carry around in this flesh, your Holy Spirit! May I listen to him as he guides me every day.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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Wait and Hope

Today is Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Three more days until Spring Training games begin!

Quote of the Day

“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.” – Henry David Thoreau

Word of the Day

Dudgeon – a feeling of offense or resentment; anger.

Today is Pink Day. You might think this is related to breast cancer, but it isn’t. Pink Day is about bullying. Bullying is a huge problem, and it has extended from school playgrounds to highways (ever had someone come up on you and ride your bumper because they thought you weren’t going fast enough? Worse, yet, have YOU ever done that??) to the Internet. Pink Day is dedicated to breaking the cycle of bullying. If you see someone bullying today, call them out.

For some reason, I typed that yesterday was Wednesday. My alert mother pointed that out to me, which I appreciate. I have now fixed that mistake. It’s kind of weird, actually. One would think that I would have written “Monday,” since I didn’t go to work on Monday. But no; I wrote “Wednesday.” Scratching my head over that one.

C is still in a great bit of pain. Looks to me like she needs a week to just sit/lay around and do nothing. But that’s not going to happen for a while. There’s not really anything going on for the rest of the week, though, so at least in the evenings, she can chill. We are getting together with our “missional gathering” folks on Saturday (I think), because we couldn’t meet last Thursday. The next Night of Worship is a week from this coming Saturday. Which reminds me; I need to come up with a couple of songs that I want to lead.

Yesterday, it was announced that David Cassidy has dementia. That makes me sad. I was never a huge fan of The Partridge Family, but I hate to see that happen to anyone, especially people who make their living off of performing.

40 days until Opening Day!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! Psalm 57:8

Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! Psalm 80:7

My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed. Psalm 71:23

Summon your power, O God, the power, O God, by which you have worked for us. Psalm 68:28

(From Living the Message)

Psalm 130 is a psalm that deals with waiting and hoping. The reality is that suffering is real, but God is also real. “We accept suffering; we believe in God.” Both of these realities come from the depths. Our procedure in living in reality is in those two words: wait and hope. In the middle of Psalm 130, we find these words: I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD! (5-7) The idea of the watchman is presented in connection with waiting and hoping. The watchman is important, but he doesn’t do a whole lot. The world turns, the sun and moon continue their courses, all apart from him. He has not influence or control over such things. As he waits for the dawn, he is alert to dangers, which is comforting to those who are resting.

The psalmist could not be a watchman without his confidence in God. “The psalmist’s and the Christian’s waiting and hoping is based on the conviction that God is actively involved in his creation and vigorously at work in redemption.”

The act of waiting is not the same thing as doing nothing. “It is not fatalistic resignation.” We go on about our daily tasks, confident that God is at work. We are not “keeping up appearances with a bogus spirituality.” Nor are we involved in “desperate and panicky manipulations,” or “scurrying and worrying.”

Likewise, hoping is not just dreaming, fantasy, or illusion. “It means a confident alert expectation that God will do what he said he will do.”

My life’s on the line before God, my Lord,
waiting and watching till morning,
waiting and watching till morning.
Psalm 130:6 (The Message)

Father, as I go about my daily tasks, let be with an attitude of waiting and hoping. Your word promises good things to those who wait for you. Let me be one of those.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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Dime-Store Reproduction

Today is Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Four more days until Spring Training games begin!

Quote of the Day

“We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don’t know anything and can’t read.” – Mark Twain

Word of the Day

Excoriate – to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally.

Today is Sticky Bun Day. I’m not sure what is the difference between sticky buns and cinnamon rolls. But the article says that sticky buns were originally brought to Pennsylvania by German settlers, and were originally called “schnecken.”

C is safely home, and we got the tire changed out on her car fairly quickly. I bought a full-size tire and wheel at a nearby Discount Tire store, and took it to the airport to meet her. After picking her up, we drove to the remote parking. Turns out, one of C’s work associates was also parked out there, and we gave her a ride. She then followed us to C’s car and actually assisted us as we changed the tire. Fortunately, the lug wrench in my car fit the lug nuts on C’s wheels, and my car also had a jack. The hardest part of the whole operation was working the jack. My car is a 2012 Lexus RX350, and after yesterday’s event, I am 100% certain that the jack had never been used. All of the lubrication on the threads was dried up, and it took all three of us taking turns to finally get it jacked up enough. Next time I take the car in for service, I may see if they can do anything about that.

C was so tired (and hurting quite a bit from all the walking she had to do over the weekend), that we decided to wait until this coming Saturday to get to busted tire replaced. I also did not go to band practice again, choosing to stay home with her. We have two more rehearsals until the Spring concert, which I should be able to make.

Back to work today, to see what kind of mess awaits me from taking a day off.

41 days until Opening Day!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! Psalm 32:11

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. Psalm 119:18

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! Psalm 119:10

“O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into my heart your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.” (The Divine Hours)

(From Living the Message)

Today’s reading will be quoted in its entirety, as I find it difficult to paraphrase Peterson.

Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. Psalm 128:4 (ESV)

“‘Fears the LORD.’ Reverence might be a better word. Awe. The Bible isn’t interested in whether we believe in God or not. It assumes that everyone more or less does. What it is interested in is the response we have toward him: will we let God be as he is, majestic and holy, vast and wondrous, or will we always be trying to whittle him down to the size of our small minds, insist on confining him within the boundaries we are comfortable with, refuse to think of him other than in images that are convenient to our life-style? But then we are not dealing with the God of creation and the Christ of the cross, but with a dime-store reproduction of something made in our image, usually for commercial reasons. To guard against all such blasphemous chumminess with the Almighty, the Bible talks of the fear of the LORD–not to scare us but to bring us to awesome attention before the overwhelming grandeur of God, to shut up our whining and chattering and stop our running and fidgeting so that we can really see him as he is and listen to him as he speaks his merciful, life-changing words of forgiveness.”

There is no way I could have re-worded any of that and done it justice. May we ponder these words today as we consider our God.

Stand in awe of God’s Yes. Oh, how he blesses the one who fears GOD! Psalm 128:4 (The Message)

Father, as I go about my day today, constantly remind me to be in awe of you and your majesty. May I not be guilty of “whining and chattering,” or of being too “chummy” with you. May I know you as you truly are and be struck, overwhelmed, by your glory and grandeur. I praise you, God, for who you are and what you have done.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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A Life of Blessing

Today is Monday, February 20, 2017. C comes home today!!

Quote of the Day

“If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.” – Khalil Gibran

Word of the Day

Statecraft – the art of government and diplomacy. Sounds like a video game.

Besides being Presidents Day, today is also Cherry Pie Day. I love a good cherry pie, albeit, I prefer the cream cheese version that has long been a favorite in my family. I probably won’t get any today, though. I did manage to eat a couple of York Peppermint Patties yesterday, though.

As stated above, C comes home today. Her flight is estimated to arrive at 1:42 PM. I’m going to Discount Tire before I go pick her up, where I will get a spare tire that they are putting together for her car. Hopefully, we will be able to get it changed, but if not, we will call AAA to come change the tire for us, then take the busted tire somewhere to get it fixed. If the spare works out, it’s a full sized tire, so there won’t be a sense of urgency to get the other one fixed. We still might go ahead and do it today, though, since we will both be off the rest of the day. I suspect C will be exhausted, though, and want to get some rest. I have not decided if I will go to band practice tonight.

5 more days until Spring Training Games begin.
42 days until Opening Day!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD! Psalm 31:24

You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever. Psalm 12:7

Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved! Psalm 80:3

You will increase my greatness and comfort me again. Psalm 71:21

(From Living the Message)

A Song of Ascents.
Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! 
You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. 
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. 
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. 
The LORD bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life! 
May you see your children’s children! Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 128 (ESV)

One thing that we can say about “Christian blessing” is that it is realizing that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” “As we learn to give and to share, our vitality increases and the people around us become ‘fruitful vines’ and ‘olive shoots’ around our tables.”

There are promised blessings, blessings pronounced upon us by other Christians, and, of course, blessings that we simply experience in our day-to-day lives. However, these do not exclude difficulties. We are never promised that. These difficulties come from outside, “temptations, seductions, pressures.” Christians in the Middle Ages gave headings to these difficulties; “the world, the flesh, and the devil: the world–the society of proud and arrogant mankind that defies and tries to eliminate God’s rule and presence in history; the flesh–the corruption that sin has introduced into our very appetites and instincts; and the devil–the malignant will that tempts and seduces us away from the will of God.” And we still have to deal with all of these today. “We are in a battle. There is a fight of faith to be waged.” But our way of faith follows the path of what God is doing and what he has done. On a side note, but somewhat related, our pastor stated yesterday that instead of asking God to bless what we are doing, we should find out what God is doing and bless that.

We travel a road that is well-traveled. It is not, as Robert Frost said, “the road less traveled.” It is a road of discipleship that is “not a way of boredom or despair or confusion. It is not a miserable groping, but a way of blessing.”

There are no “tricks” to this life, nor is any luck involved. (Personally, I do not believe in a thing called “luck.”) “We simply become Christians and begin the life of faith. We acknowledge God as our maker and lover, and accept Christ as the means by which we can be in living relationship with God.” God is the center of our existence (or at least he should be). We learn how this world came about, how God provided for redemption, and we endeavor to walk in that way, the way of the Kingdom, in the easy yoke of Jesus. As the psalm says, “Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his way!”

In short, God blesses us so that we can, in turn, bless others.

This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God. 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (The Message)

Father, I first want to thank you for placing me in this life of blessing. I confess that my gratitude has been lacking, of late. But your Spirit keeps me moving in the right direction, even if the steps are small. I pray that I might take the blessing with which you have blessed me and turn it into blessing toward others. Our pastor has defined blessing as wishing good things to happen to other people. I can definitely do that, and pray that my attitude would consistently one of directing blessing to others. But, more than that, you have given me the means to actually take action in blessing others. I pray that you would open my eyes and my heart to see the opportunities that come my way to pour out blessings on other people.

I also pray for C’s flight home to be safe and without incident, and that we can get this tire situation handled in a small amount of time.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Any time these categories of difficulties get mentioned, it makes me think of this song by one of my favorite alternative Christian groups, The 77s.

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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Wide-Eyed Wonder

Today is Sunday, February 19, 2017. One more day until C comes home.

Quote of the Day

“Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.” – Henry David Thoreau

Word of the Day

Fress – to eat or snack, especially often or in large quantities. If you fress when you’re stressed, that would be “stress-fressing.”

Today is Chocolate Mint Day. Oh, yeah! And I just happen to have an unopened bag of York Peppermint Patties in the house!

I’m not sure what kind of day C had yesterday, as we didn’t talk. I do know that they didn’t start bowling until 6:00 PM (it was 8:00 here). She texted me her first two scores, 113 and 127. I don’t know what her third game was. I had gone to sleep by that time. I believe she said they bowl six games today. When I talked to her yesterday morning, she was having some pretty serious pains in joints. The place is really big, so there’s a lot of walking. But it looks like she was able to bowl okay. As mentioned before, she will be home between 1:00 and 2:00 PM tomorrow.

Not much else going on this morning. I’m getting ready for our worship gathering, with The Exchange Church, which meets at the Northpark YMCA, at 9100 N. Beach St., in Fort Worth, TX.

Six days until the Spring Training Games.
43 days until Opening Day!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Psalm 100:4

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. 
I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
Psalm 9:1-2

In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, 
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Psalm 56:10-11

Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! 
Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! 
Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! 
For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. 
Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds.
Psalm 149:1-5

“O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into my heart your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.” (The Divine Hours)

(From The President’s Devotional)

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.” (T.S. Eliot, Four Quarters)

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. Matthew 11:25-26

“God must get a kick out of children,” begins today’s reading by Joshua DuBois. They know the secret to laughter. They will laugh at anything–a silly face, a knock-knock joke, and, perhaps, most especially, being tossed into the air by a trusted grown-up.

They know the secret to love. They will run into their classroom and hug everyone. Everyone is their friend, real and imaginary. That is, before we heap layers of prejudice upon them.

They are unashamedly bold, being more than happy to wear costumes and capes, pretending to be their favorite superhero, always defeating the villain. (Wait. I just described a Comic Con!)

As time goes by, we get older, and we forget these things. (Except for people who love Comic Cons!) “We grow judicious, cynical, and perhaps a bit afraid.” Let us pray today that we would “relearn the lessons we knew so long ago: how to laugh purely, act boldly, love innocently.” Is it possible to combine the wisdom that comes from growing older with the lessons of childhood? Can we truly “arrive where we started and know the place for the first time?”

“Dear God, as I appreciate the children around me, let me learn from them. Place within me their wonder and joy, and plant their laughter deep inside my soul. Amen.”

Father, in just a little while, I will be in a place where there will be children. Help me to look at them and learn from them. I was a child once, but it was so long ago . . . I confess that I grew cynical and sarcastic. Help me to repent of that cynicism that sees the world through lenses that know the cost of everything but the value of nothing. Help me to recapture the ability to look at the world through “wide-eyed wonder.”

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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You Call Us Friend

Today is Saturday, February 18, 2017. Two more days until C comes home.

Quote of the Day

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

Word of the Day

Craquelure – a network of fine cracks or crackles on the surface of a painting, caused chiefly by shrinkage of paint film or varnish.

Today is one of those days that you wait for all year. It’s Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day! Of course, it’s not like you couldn’t do that any other day, but today it’s perfectly okay, and even expected! So celebrate away!

C’s trip to Vegas didn’t exactly begin on a great note. As I was just about to walk out the door, I got a call from her, and she said, “Guess what just happened to me!” Me, being the kind of person I am, immediately began envisioning crumpled car all over the road, but, hey, at least she was talking to me and didn’t sound like she was in pain. Turns out she had hit a pot-hole (or at least some kind of irregularity in the pavement) while exiting to the airport remote parking area, and now had a flat tire. She did manage to get parked, though. So we have a problem to deal with when she gets back on Monday. In order to make things a little easier, I’m taking Monday off so I can go get her and then we can decide what to do. Oh. Let me explain. Apparently, cars don’t come with spare tires any more. We can get a “tire kit” for $299. We’ll probably either have AAA tow it to a nearby tire shop or have Hyundai Roadside Assistance tow it to a dealership to get fixed.

This morning, I’ll be heading to Grapevine, as soon as I finish this blog, to get maintenance done on my RX350. It turns out I get four free maintenance visits! I have an appointment there at 9:30. They offered a loaner, but I said I would wait. It is generally a couple hours, because they wash it, too, but I don’t really want to drive home and then come back later. I don’t have a lot that needs to get done today.

Only a week until they begin playing Spring Training games!
44 days until Opening Day!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
Psalm 107:8-9

Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. Psalm 5:1

Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. Psalm 8:2

I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts. Psalm 119:141

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 
Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 
  Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. 
  Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
Psalm 51:10-13

(From The President’s Devotional)

What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
Psalm 8:4-5

“You call us friend.
The God of the universe calls us friend.
Who are we that you are mindful of us, oh God?
Mere mortals, that you would spend time with us this day?
But you do; you’re present; you’re here. You’ve crowned us with the honor of your presence right now. We return that honor to you in the form of our obedience, and all our love.
Amen.” (Joshua DuBois)

Father, I have long struggled with this, that you would think so highly of us to do the things that you do for us. Help me to see, not so much my value, as I have no intrinsic value, but the way you love me. Help me to see, to grasp, to comprehend the love that you have for me, for us, for all of humanity. I truly believe that if each person on this planet could honestly believe and understand how much you love each one of us, all of our problems would be quickly solved.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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