Today is Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Day 21,824.
13 more days until Christmas!
Charles Wesley, born on this date in 1707 (died 1788), said, “Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees, And looks to God alone; Laughs at impossibilities, And cries it shall be done.”
The word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is Wanderjahr (German), a noun, meaning, “a year or period of travel, especially following one’s schooling and before practicing a profession.”
Today is Gingerbread House Day.
We had a most wonderful time with our church friends and family, last night, at La Hacienda Ranch. It was a great meal with fajitas and cheese enchiladas, and the fellowship was even better.
C goes back to work today, for the first time in six weeks. Well, she’s been working, but from her easy chair in the corner of the living room. I told her that she should stay in her office today and make everyone come to her.
I get “free” lunch at work today. But we all know “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch,” right? TANSTAAFL. The price for this free lunch is having to sit in a conference room with our site manager for a while, letting him know how we feel. As if we’re going to be honest about that, right?
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
(From The Divine Hours)
Tuesday – Second Week of Advent
“Bless God in the great congregation, the LORD, O you who are of Israel’s fountain!”
Have regard for the covenant, for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword, from men by your hand, O LORD, from men of the world whose portion is in this life.
When God restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.
Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him. . . . And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
Luke 1:57-66, 80
I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit. Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Father, I echo the psalmist’s sentiment about the “dark places of the land” that are “full of the habitations of violence.” This seems to be more and more true of our time. but then I see the encouragement in Psalm 30 that tells me that “joy comes with the morning.” I can see the truth of this for each new day, but I can also see the truth of it for all of life. Some day, Father, some day, that “morning” will come and there will be eternal joy abounding for all who are in your Church. I long for that day. But until then, allow me to see the daily joy that comes with each new day.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Grace and peace, friends.