The Impossible Becomes Possible

Good morning. It is Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Hump Day.

Today’s word of the day, from Merriam-Webster, is adulate. This is a verb, meaning, “to flatter or admire excessively or slavishly.”

Today is Repeat Day. “Every year on Repeat Day followers of this unusual event seek out activities and experiences they love so much that they want to do them over and over again.”

Today is Repeat Day. “Every year on Repeat Day followers of this unusual event seek out activities and experiences they love so much that they want to do them over and over again.”

Our Huddle group wound up not meeting last night. I think there were several who were not going to be there, so the leader decided that it was important for everyone to be there, so he postponed until next week. This gave me the opportunity to get in a pretty good practice session on the trombone, to try to prepare myself as much as possible for the upcoming reunion. My chops are still not great, but there are better. I have to give some credit to the P.E.T.E. (Personal Embouchure Training Exerciser) . Christi got me one of these for Christmas, and I have been using it, sporadically, since then. Stepping it up this week and using it on trips to work and back each day.

It’s cool to see how excited people are getting about this reunion. I’m not sure how many people are signed up, but there are quite a few. And I think enough of them are still playing to make up for those of us who have not. I do plan to continue after this reunion is over, though. I’m not sure how or where, but I’ll figure something out.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!
By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas;
the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might;
who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples,
so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.
You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.

Psalm 65:4b-13

(From Solid Joys)

No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
Romans 4:20-21

Today’s reading is “Faith for the Impossible.”

There is a reason that faith glorifies God’s “future grace.”

“Simply put, the reason is that this God-glorifying faith is a future-oriented confidence in God’s integrity and power and wisdom to follow through on all his promises.”

Abraham was close to 100 years old when God told him that he would be the father of many nations. Rather than scoff at it (as Sarah did), Abraham, somehow, believed. “In hope he believed against hope,” says Romans 4:18. Abraham “had faith in the future grace of God’s promise.”

The faith was in the promise, and it glorified God because it “attention to all the resources of God that would be required to fulfill it.”

By all practical means, Abraham and Sarah were way too old to have children. There is also the question of how one or two children can become “many nations.” On the surface, in human terms, it is utterly impossible.

Abraham’s faith in God’s future grace believed that, in God, the impossible could become possible. Not only “could,” but would!

Father, help us to believe the impossible in your name. Give me the faith of Abraham, faith that believes, beyond the shadow of a doubt that you will do what you say you will do, even when it seems impossible. There are many promises that you have made, one of the most important being that you, in the form of Jesus Christ, will return, someday, to gather up your Church and place us in our forever home. This seems impossible to us, especially because it has been well over 2000 years, now, since that promise was made. Strengthen our faith; make it relevant to our lives, and help us show your Kingdom to people around us.

I pray for this day, that we might have safe passage to work and back. I pray for Christi’s work day, that it would be free from drama and stress, and that meetings would be civil and productive. I pray that you would show your grace and mercy to Stephanie, Rachel, Justin, and my mother, as they do whatever needs to be done today.

I have a friend having hernia surgery today, Father. I pray for a successful operation and smooth recovery. His faith is in you. We have another friend who had a CT scan yesterday. We pray for good results on this. May your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Your grace is sufficient.

May we be more faithful to believe that the impossible is possible with God.

Grace and peace, friends.

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