Good morning. It is Monday, September 29, 2014. Only two days left in September.
Today is International Coffee Day. Now there’s a day I can get behind!
Yesterday turned out okay, although it was very close to being a disaster. Christi’s meeting lasted a while, but went okay. However, it is taking longer than they expected to go over the old bylaws of the church and make revisions, so they didn’t get finished.
Stephanie and I got to the ballpark with no issues at all. But when we found our seats, I knew we were in trouble. I have to remind myself, in the future, that any seats on the second level that are left of home plate are very bad choices for day games. Our seats were in the sun for the entire game (except for when the clouds finally came along, around the bottom of the eighth inning). We had some sunblock, but sunblock doesn’t stop the heat! After about two innings, Stephanie couldn’t take it, and said she was going to go sit up in the concourse area. After about another half inning, I joined her. A lot of other people apparently had the same idea, because we had to walk a bit to find a table. We sat up there and drank some water for a while, unable to see the game. Around the fourth inning or so, we went back to check it out. There was a small cloud over the sun, so we went back down to our seats. The sun came back out, but it took a while to get as hot as we were before. By that time, there were several sections in our same area that were in the shade, so we followed the example of the family in front of us and moved to some empty seats over there, which made it possible to really enjoy the rest of the game. The bad news is that the Rangers lost 4-0. That was also bad news for Seattle, who were in the process of beating the Angels, but to no avail. As the Oakland A’s celebrated on our pitcher’s mound, a rousing chant of “Let’s Go Royals” erupted from the upper deck, and I gladly joined in. I will be rooting for the Kansas City Royals, for at least one game (Tuesday, September 30), and hopefully a little longer.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
(From The Divine Hours)
Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Today’s Gospel Reading
And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
Jesus speaks no words in this passage, he simply does one of the things that he came to do, to bring healing to people. But even that wasn’t the primary purpose, as many confuse it to be. The purpose was to display the Kingdom. Jesus was showing people what it would look like when the Kingdom came to earth.
Unfortunately, I’m out of time. I have been chatting on Facebook with a person in Canada who is going through some tough relationship issues right now, trying to minister to her. Her husband cheated on her and wants a divorce. My heart is broken for her, and I’m struggling with the right things to say, trying to display the Kingdom, you know. Anyway, it’s time to get ready for work.
Father, I pray that you would reveal yourself to this woman and show your grace and mercy to her. I pray that you would help her find you through this awful time. I pray that you would help us all to be more hospitable in our lives and to find ways to share time with each other. While we are on this earth, relationships are very important. Sometimes they are more important than even our own devotional time. May your grace guide us through your Spirit.
I pray for this day. May we have peace today, and safe travel to and from work. I pray for Stephanie to be close to you today, and that you would show her wisdom and understanding.
Your grace is sufficient.
May we all show the Kingdom to people around us today.
Grace and peace, friends.