Your Love Never Fails

Good morning. It seems to be Monday, again. Monday, June 15, 2015.

Today’s word of the day, from Merriam-Webster, is gossamer. According to them, gossamer is an adjective, meaning, “extremely light, delicate, or tenuous.” But those of us in the know, know that gossamer is really a noun.
Gosamer_300

Today is Smile Power Day. Some people say that humans are the only creatures that can smile. I disagree. I’ve seen my cats smile. I don’t care what you say. Anyway, today is a day to try to influence the people around you with the most pleasant of expressions, the smile. Not one of those “wicked, evil, grins,” either. I’m talking a genuine, “Hey, how are you doing, I really care about you” smile. Smile power, baby!

We managed to get some rest yesterday evening, which was nice. By the time we got the groceries, delivered them to Christi’s mother, and got home, it was almost 5:00 PM. We had picked up food at Subway on the way home, so that was our lunch/dinner for the day. I had a Spicy Italian sandwich. While not their healthiest fare, it is certainly delicious.

Back to work today, for what will hopefully be a more normal week. I think we did two weeks last week! Christi will have her after-work bowling league tomorrow afternoon, which works out fine, because I have Huddle tomorrow. I’m still looking into community band possibilities, and may have found one in Southlake that might work.

People keep asking me what I want for Father’s Day. There’s really only one thing I wish I could have.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Of Solomon. Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son!
May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice!
Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness!
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!
May they fear you while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth!

Psalm 72:1-6

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

(From Solid Joys)

As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
Isaiah 62:5

Today’s reading is “The Honeymoon That Never Ends.”

God does good things for his people, and, in doing so, does not act begrudgingly, as a parent who is giving in to the constant whinings of a child. “It is like a bridegroom showing affection to his bride.” And we have to notice that this analogy is used frequently in God’s Word.

We joke about relationships. We say “The honeymoon is over.” And this does seem to occur in all human marriages. It is because we are finite beings. It is impossible for us to sustain that kind of intensity for a lifetime. “But God says his joy over his people is like a bridegroom over a bride.

“He is talking about honeymoon intensity and honeymoon pleasures and honeymoon energy and excitement and enthusiasm and enjoyment. He is trying to get into our hearts what he means when he says he rejoices over us with all his heart.”

And this “honeymoon” will never end. Our relationship with God in Christ will get “more and more beautiful forever.” And somehow, he will make sure that we are not bored with him “for the next trillion ages of millenniums.”

Father, I pray for understanding and realization of this truth. Help me to see and know this love that you have for your people. I also pray that you would help us have a better grasp that, while you do love us individually, this love is for your Church, the collective body of believers that will, one day, become the bride of Christ. This understanding helps us get away from the “me mentality,” and into a more corporate mindset, where we think more highly of others than of ourselves. Oh, how difficult this is for American people! While it is a land of great opportunity, it is also a land of great selfishness, and this gets greater as time goes by. I pray for your Church in America, that we would have more of an “us” mentality than a “me” mentality, in preparation for the day when we are united with the bridegroom for all eternity.

I pray for this day, that we would have safe travel to and from work. May this week be less stressful and busy than the last one. I pray for Christi’s work day, that some of the stress would be alleviated and that the drama level would decrease drastically. I pray for your great love to rain down on Stephanie, Rachel and Justin, and my mother. I pray that your grace would fill the lives of the ladies who are helping my mother, during the last two months. Please show them great favor for their kindness.

Your grace is sufficient.

Consider the love that God has for us, today; for us, his Church. Consider the “honeymoon” that will not ever end.

Numbers 6 24-26

Grace and peace, friends.

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