O, Magnify the Lord With Me!

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”~~Virginia Woolf

Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is oniomania. Now I could understand if you think that has something to do with onions, but it does not. It means (and this is perfectly fitting for what day this is), “an uncontrollable desire to buy things.”

Also fitting, I believe, today is Buy Nothing Day. Honestly, I think that is someone’s wishful thinking, but rampant consumerism that drives the day we call “Black Friday” is almost barbaric in nature.

We had a delightful day, yesterday. The drive to Mineral Wells was a bit gloomy, as it rained most of the way. We saw the aftermath of two wrecks, one which appeared to be very serious, and heard of several others. The combination of rain and people hurrying to get places is a deadly combination. We all arrived safely, though, and had a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch together. Afterward, we sat around and sort of watched the Cowboys get spanked by the Panthers. We had some dessert, and then Christi and I headed over here to the hotel. Stephanie decided to sleep at Grandma’s, which, it turns out, was a good thing, because we got one of the rooms with a jacuzzi instead of a sofa bed! We relaxed for the rest of the evening. I did run up to a convenience store at one point, to get some snacks.

We’ve already had our free breakfast, this morning, and were joined by Rachel and Justin (staying in the same hotel with us), at around 8:30.

Not sure what today holds, but hopefully, it will be relaxing and just enjoying each other’s company.

On this date in:

1924–the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held.
1934–Baby Face Nelson died in a shoot-out with the FBI.
1973–Gerald Ford was confirmed as Vice President after the resination of Spiro Agnew.

Today’s birthdays include Elizabeth Stride (victim of Jack the Ripper), L. Sprague de Camp (American writer), Bruce Lee (American actor/martial artist), Eddie Rabbitt (American singer), Jimi Hendrix (American guitarist), Kimmy Robertson (American actress), Bill Nye (the Science Guy), and Jaleel White (American actor).

Jimi Hendrix, well who doesn’t know him? Such a great guitar player snuffed out by a tragic accidental drug overdose. Here is a live clip of him and his band playing “Red House.”

Guillaume Dufay, Alexander Dumas, Clement Studebaker, Baby Face Nelson, Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Honegger, Harvey Milk, George Moscone, and John Carradine are among notable deaths today.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Solid Joys)

Today’s reading is “How to Magnify God.”

I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30)

I’ve often wondered how it is possible to “magnify God.” After all, he is already the biggest thing possible, right? So how do I possibly make him bigger?? John Piper has, I believe, an acceptable answer.

There are two different ways to magnify something. With a microscope or magnifying glass, we make things that are tiny look bigger so we can see them, examine them, or identify them. But with a telescope, we take things that are already much larger than us, and make them begin to appear as large as they really are. The moon in the night sky appears to be only about as big as a dime or quarter, depending on the time of year. But with a telescope, we “magnify” it, and can see detail on the surface of our satellite.

When David speaks of magnifying God, he is not speaking of making a small God appear larger than he is. Rather, he means that he will attempt to make a very large God appear as big as he really is.

“We are not called to be microscopes, but telescopes,” says Piper. We are not con-men, trying to sell the world on a “product” that is much smaller than we try to make it look. There is nothing larger than, nothing superior to, our God. So our calling, as Christians, is to make the greatness of God appear as big as it truly is.

Here is a good summation of our duty as Children of God: “feel, think, and act in a way that will make God look as great as he really is. Be a telescope for the world of the infinite starry wealth of the glory of God.”

But (there is always a “but,” isn’t there), we cannot magnify what we have not seen, or what we quickly forget.

“Therefore, our first task is to see and to remember the greatness and goodness of God.” This is why we pray to God, “Open the eyes of my heart,” and preach to our souls, “Soul, forget not all his benefits!”

Father in heaven, open the eyes of my heart, please! Help me to see you as you are, infinitely big, infinitely great, infinitely loving, and infinitely merciful. Then help me to “magnify” your qualities to the world around me. I don’t have to be a great preacher, with magnificent words of eloquence. I simply need to do as Piper says . . . “feel, think, and act in a way” that will make you look as great as you really are.

I pray for the Gaines family to have some relief from sickness. I also pray for Sherry’s nephew to be found and that he is okay.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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