Good morning. It is (stops to think a minute) Tuesday! Yes. Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Only four more days in May.
Today’s word of the day from Dictionary.com is quidnunc. This is a noun, meaning, “a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody.” Yeah, we have a few of those, at work!
Today is World Lindy Hop Day. I’m not much of dancer, myself. I mean, I can (or at least used to be able to) get on a dance floor and bounce around to the beat pretty well . . . in other words, “I got rhythm.” But, I’ve never learned any true dance forms, especially one called Lindy Hop. Here’s a clip of some young folks doing the Lindy Hop, and they must be pretty good, because it says it’s the 2014 “Strictly Lindy Hop Finals.”
We had an awesome visit with my mother, yesterday, along with Rachel and Justin, as well. Stephanie didn’t make the trip, as she was not feeling up to it. I do believe she might be feeling better today, however. I’m only basing that on some food consumption that I’ve noticed. But we had a great time, looking at some old pictures, which I have brought home and hope to have scanned by the end of this week. They are pictures of my parents’ wedding, along with some pictures of me as a baby and young child. There are also some pictures of my beloved aunt Nancy, who died at the age of 19, as a result of a car accident.
We had a great lunch at the Mesquite Pit in Mineral Wells, before and during which it rained quite heavily, again. Afterwards, we went back to the house, and just talked. That’s pretty much all we did. My mother had some great recollections of 58 years ago, and we all just had a great time. Oh, and Christi went and got some new shoes at Payless! 😀
I don’t want to speak too soon, but, judging from the forecasts, our “wet season” may be close to being over. There is only a 20% chance of rain today and tomorrow. The rest of the week, the percentage depends on the app you look at. At any rate, we might get a few days without rain, which would be nice, as there are some places, especially in central Texas, that are flooding badly.
Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God,
and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
(From Solid Joys)
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.
Today’s reading is “Strength to Wait.”
In this prayer, Paul prays for the believers at Colossae. He prays for strength for them, that they might have patience. “Patience is the evidence of an inner strength.”
“Impatient people are weak, and therefore dependent on external supports — like schedules that go just right and circumstances that support their fragile hearts.” They might make a lot of noise that would indicate otherwise, but that noise is simply a “camouflage of weakness. Patience demands tremendous inner strength.”
For us, the strength comes from God. It must come from God. And this is one reason for Paul’s prayer, “asking God to empower them for the patient endurance that the Christian life requires.” But note that Paul says, “according to his glorious might.” There is more to this than simply meaning that the strength for patience comes from a divine source. It also means that the channel through which this comes is faith in this glorious might.
While we do know that patience is part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), we also know that the Spirit empowers us by “hearing with faith” (Galatians 3:5). So Paul prays that believers might be connected with that glorious might, through which we are empowered with patience. “And that connection is faith.”
Father, I do not pray for patience. I pray for faith. I pray for the strength that will lead to patience through faith in your glorious might. That phrase, “according to his glorious might,” is packed with power, because your glorious might is infinite. Therefore, if we pray that we would have strength, according to your glorious might, we are praying for strength that cannot be matched by anything else! I pray for that strength through faith. And through that faith and strength, patience will arise, along with the rest of the fruit of the Spirit. As I move toward a new work week, may that strength abound in me and all other believers around me, and around the world. May we not be so petty as to depend on those “external supports,” those “schedules that go just right and circumstances that support [our] fragile hearts.” Let us rise above those circumstances with the strength that comes from faith in your glorious might!
I pray for this day, that we might have safe passage to and from work, and that our work day would be exemplified by this strength and faith in you. May patience rise for us, and those circumstances not matter. May we show love and mercy as we display your Kingdom in all areas of our lives. I pray for your great love to display itself in Stephanie’s life, as well as the lives of Rachel and Justin. Continue to hold up my mother, as you have, giving her the strength to do what she needs to do to carry on. I pray for Stephanie’s grieving process, that you would make yourself known to her in a might way, showing her the clarity of your Light.
Your grace is sufficient.
May we all show strength today, that results in patience, but is connected through faith in his glorious might!
Grace and peace, friends.