All Things, Graciously

Good morning. It is Saturday, March 21:2015. 16 more days until Opening Day!

Today’s word of the day is ringy. This is an adjective, meaning, “Irritable; ‘ornery’; angry.”

Today is World Down Syndrome Day. As a parent of a child with Autism, I can empathize with those with Down Syndrome. This day raises awareness of those with Down Syndrome and their caregivers. Just as those with higher-functioning Autism, people with Down Syndrome can be productive members of society, if just given the chance.

I am safely back home, again, comfortably typing in my study. It was a good week, though. I had a very nice time with my parents, and driving my mother back and forth to Fort Worth was, actually, quite pleasant. I thank God for that. I can’t recall a single tense moment in the entire time I was there.

Yesterday, my mother and I went out for a drive, stopping at a local book store, their bank, and a very curious store downtown. Unfortunately, I bought books at the books store. Christi is never happy when that happens. We already have more books than we have room for. Anyway, while we were out, I took a couple of pictures. The first is the infamous Baker Hotel.

The Baker Hotel
The Baker Hotel

Then, after driving around a bit more, and getting some “go juice,” we stopped by the house where we lived until I was about five years old. In fact, we were moving from that house to the house where my parents currently live, on 11/23/63. If you don’t recognize the date, just “google” it.
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It looked somewhat better than this when we lived there.

We got back, had a late lunch (Mama made hot dogs and tater tots), and I packed up and headed back to Fort Worth. Even my drive home, which corresponded with rush hour, wasn’t too bad. The traffic didn’t build up until I got close to five miles from home. It was definitely nice to walk into our home. Christi got home not too long afterward, and we ordered some Italian food for dinner, settled in, and watched a few TV shows.

Today should be a typical Saturday, except that Christi won’t have to buy groceries for her folks, because they are still at the rehab facility. We have our Anchor prayer gathering this afternoon, followed by our worship gathering, all beginning at 4:45 PM. We are The Exchange.

It was on this date in 1989 that Sports Illustrated released reports that connected Pete Rose, legendary baseball player, to gambling on baseball. After a subsequent investigation, Rose was banned from baseball, indefinitely, by then commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti. This decision was so hard on him that it may have contributed to the heart attack that killed him, only eight days after he had rendered the decision to ban Rose. There have been movements ever since to reinstate him so that he could at least have his deserved place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. I, personally, agree that he should be in the Hall of Fame. So what if he gambled? That, in no way, affected his performance on the field as one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

Today’s birthdays include Johann Sebastian Bach (composer), Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (composer), Forrest Mars, Sr. (candymaker), Julio Gallo (winemaker), Timothy Dalton (actor), Ray Dorset (Mungo Jerry), Eddie Money (musician), Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Gary Oldman (actor), Sabrina Le Beauf (actress), Robert Sweet (Stryper drummer), Rosie O’Donnell (actress), Matthew Broderick (actor), and Vanessa Branch (the Orbit Gum girl).

Ray Dorset is the guy with the huge sideburns that was the lead singer for Mungo Jerry, and almost one-hit-wonder from the early seventies. He was born on this date in 1946, making him 69 today. Here is their biggest (and perhaps only) hit, “In the Summertime.”

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

A Psalm of David.
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?

Psalm 24:1-3

(From Solid Joys)

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:32

Today’s reading is “God’s Best Promise.”

John Piper calls Romans 8:32, “The most far-reaching promise of God’s future grace,” and says it is the most precious verse in the Bible to him. One reason for this is the all-encompassing nature of the verse. “There never has been, and never will be, a circumstance in my life where this promise is irrelevant,” says Piper. I believe I can agree with that statement.

There are certainly other broad, sweeping promises in Scripture. Psalm 84:11, for example, says, For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 says, So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

But there is a “foundation and guarantee” in Romans 8:32 “that is so strong and so solid and so secure that there is absolutely no possibility that the promise could ever be broken.” The verse is “an ever-present strength in times of great turmoil. Whatever else gives way, whatever else disappoints, whatever else fails, this all-encompassing promise of future grace can never fail.” I love that last sentence!

“Whatever else gives way, whatever else disappoints, whatever else fails, this all-encompassing promise of future grace can never fail.”

The “logic of heaven” tells us that, since God did not spare his own Son, but freely gave him up for us all, “then God will most surely give all things to those for whom he gave his Son!” Wonderful words of encouragement, indeed!

Father, i thank you for the wonderful promise of Romans 8:32. I also thank you for the “logic” that makes it so special. We all need this reminder, every day, that, since you didn’t hold back even your only Son for us, then you would certainly, along with him, give us “all things.” We must not become too focused on the “all things,” though, but, rather, be focused on you, who is the giver of all things. Let us never be more concerned with the gifts than with the Giver. May this promise, and others like it, be in the forefront of our minds every day, in every circumstance that we face. May the Holy Spirit bring it to our minds especially when we are facing unpleasant circumstances.

I pray for the remainder of this day. May our errands go smoothly, and may we have a moving time with you, this evening, as we gather for prayer and worship with our brothers and sisters. I pray that my mother’s recover will be quick, and that things will continue to be okay with them. Protect them in their home, that they might not have any accidents. I pray that they will be able to get by as Mama recovers from her surgery. I thank you for a wonderful visit with them this week. I also pray for Rachel and Justin, that you would give them whatever they need for this day. Help Rachel get her career plans lined out as she wants them.

Your grace is sufficient.

The all-encompassing promises of God, such as the one in Romans 8:32, can be of great benefit to us, especially when we are in less than ideal circumstances. May the Holy Spirit remind us of them!

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Grace and peace, friends.

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2 thoughts on “All Things, Graciously

    1. I missed that one (World Poetry Day)! I hope you had a good one! I always think of you and a few other poetry bloggers whenever that rolls around! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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