Yes and Amen!

Good morning! It is Friday, March 13, 2015. Today, I turn 57 years old. Or perhaps it should be said that I have begun year 58. 24 days until Opening Day.

Today’s word of the day is companage. This means, “Any food eaten as an accompaniment to bread, esp. as part of an allowance to a worker, tenant, etc.”

Today is Ken Day. I’m pretty sure they are speaking of Barbie’s cohort, but I’m making it about my Dad, Ken Bickley!

I’m typing this on a tablet, and it is quite tedious.

We are sitting on the front porch of our favorite cabin, in Glen Rose, TX, at Paluxy River Bed Cabins. It is so peaceful and serene. Our trip down here was smooth and uneventful. We had a very late breakfast with Stephanie, at IHOP, and got down here around 6PM. After sitting on the front porch for a while, we went to a little Italian place on the square,  called, La Vita. It was very good! We will definitely go back there. After that, we just relaxed in the hot tub, then read for a while, before a wonderfully restful night of sleep.

Today, we will have our first of several trips to the Pie Peddlers. Which reminds me, tomorrow is Pi Day. And a very special Pi Day it is! For tomorrow,  3/14/15, at 9:26:54, the date and time will represent the first ten digits of pi (rounded up–if you’re a purist, make it 9:26:53). I think that means I have to have ten pieces of pi (e)!  Sadly, the Pie Peddlers do not open until 11AM.

We have no other plans for today. Isn’t that great??

On this date in 1964, a New York City bar manager named Kitty Genovese was murdered near her Kew Gardens apartment. It was later discovered that as many as 37 people witnessed the attack, and did nothing to stop it. This prompted a study into what is known as the “bystander effect.” The event was the inspiration for Harlan Ellison’s 1974 short story, “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs,” which I have read.

Today’s birthdays include ME,  Earl Grey (Prime Minister), Home Run Baker (baseball player), Sammy Kaye (musician), L. Ron Hubbard (inventor of Scientology), Al Jaffee (MAD Magazine), Neil Sedaka (singer/songwriter), William H. Macy (actor), Fred Berry (Rerun), Dana Delany (actress), Adam Clayton (U2 bass player), Will Clark (baseball player), Annabeth Gish (actress), and Johan Santana (baseball).

As stated above, Adam Clayton is the bassist for U2. He was born on this date in 1960, making him 55 today. Here is their song, “Elevation.” Because I like the video.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1

(From Solid Joys)

Today’s reading is “Jesus is God’s Amen.”

All the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
2 Corinthians 1:20

“Prayer is the place where the past and future are linked repeatedly in our lives.”

According to John Piper, the Greek in 2 Corinthians 1:20, along with the English translation, is somewhat choppy. His paraphrase goes like this: “Therefore, because of Christ,  we say Amen to God in our prayers to show that God gets the glory for the future grace we are counting on.”

Why do Christians say Amen at the end of prayers? It is a word “taken straight over into Greek from Hebrew without any translation.” In the Hebrew language, it is a strong affirmation; “I agree,” or, “This is true.” It is “a very earnest Yes in the context of addressing God.

Note the two parts of our focal verse. Part one: “All the promises of God find their Yes in him.” Part two: “That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”

So the words Amen and Yes mean the same thing, and we see that, in Jesus Christ, God says Yes to us in his promises,  and in Jesus Christ, we say Yes to God in our prayers.

Father, I praise you for your “Yes” to us in Christ! May we be faithful to give you our “Amen” in Christ, as well!

Thank you for this beautiful place. May we be drawn closer to you this weekend as we rest and abide. Be with Stephanie,  Rachel,  and Justin through the rest of the weekend.

May your healing hand be on our brother Brandon.

Listen for God’s Yes, and give him your Amen!

By the way, I won’t be trying this again tomorrow. Too difficult and stressful. I’ll be back Monday morning, if the Lord says so, too.

Grace and peace friends.

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