It’s hard work to swim against the stream.
Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is epicedium, “a funeral song; dirge.”
Today is Create A Great Funeral Day. That’s right. Here at Bickleyhouse, we always try to be light and uplifting! And, hey, it goes with the word of the day, right? This “holiday,” barely ten years old, brings with it the idea that friends and loved ones should gather and talk about what they would want at their funerals. Me, I want Siegfried’s Funeral Music from Wagner’s Gotterdammerung played. And no, I did not just swear. It goes like this:
Oh, and I want them to make me up in zombie make-up and play the theme to The Walking Dead at the end. No, wait! I know! At the end, when they open the casket, it will be empty! THEN, they can play The Walking Dead theme music! Mwahahahaha!
Christi had her Huddle meeting last night. They still have two or three more before they are finished. They’re giving the other ladies a chance to lead a night.
On a scary note, there was a flurry of texts around 11:00 last night. It began with the lady whose house they met at last night, saying that one of her sons was missing. We aren’t sure if he had just not come home, yet or what. We were already asleep when all of this began. Several of the other ladies jumped in their cars and came over to help. They found him, I believe, shortly before 11:30, possibly walking home from where he had been. Very strange and frightening.
Today is Friday, of course, which means possible overtime. And I have to work in the morning, which means that there may not be a blog entry, unless I decide to get up at the same time I get up the rest of the week.
(From Solid Joys)
Today’s reading is “The Danger of Drifting.”
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
All of us know people that this may have happened to. It may have even happened to us, at one time or another. We lose the sense of urgency. Our focus is lost; we lose sight of Jesus. We do not stand still, but drift away.
“There is no standing still.” We cannot consider this life as a lake, but more like a river that flows. We either fight against the current and swim upstream or we float downstream with the current. ” If you do not listen earnestly to Jesus and consider him daily and fix your eyes on him hourly, then you will not stand still; you will go backward. You will float by.”
The remedy to drifting, which is deadly in our Christian walk, is to, as the writer of Hebrews says, pay close attention to what we have heard. We must consider what God is telling us through Jesus. We must fix our eyes on him.
This is an invitation for us “to be satisfied in Jesus so that we do not get lured downstream by deceitful desires.”
“If you are drifting today, one of the signs of hope that you are born again is that you feel pricked for this, and there is a rising desire in your heart to turn your eyes on Jesus and consider him and listen to him in the days and months and years to come.”
Father, do not let me drift. I pray that your Spirit will constantly nudge me (shove me, if necessary), that I might swim against the stream, never allowing the river of culture to sweep me away into the maelstrom of unholy desires. Keep me fixing my eyes on Jesus, Father.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.