“The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.”~~Jessamyn West
Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is ossify, which means, “to become rigid or inflexible in habits, attitudes, opinions, etc.” Oddly enough, I was more ossified when I was around thirty than I am now. In the words of Bob Dylan, “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.”
Today is Library Workers Day. It was a tough call between that and Grilled Cheese Day, but libraries are a lot like chocolate to me. If the “holiday” has the word library in it, I’ll probably pick that one. This one is not about the actual Librarians, but the “workers,” the people who shelve books and help you check out books, and other things like that. Many of these people, depending on the city and the library, don’t even get paid. They volunteer to hang out in a room full of books. I mean . . . who wouldn’t do that?? If I ever retire, I might do that.
Yesterday, I did that thing where I left my trombone at home and drive all the way home to get it, then drive back to Southlake. Ugh. So frustrating. When that happens, I don’t have time to eat until after band practice, which ends at 9:00 PM. More ugh. Plus, since I didn’t go to last week’s rehearsal, I felt like I barely knew the music we were playing. I’ve got to get it out and practice some, this week, because there is only one more rehearsal before our next concert on April 23, at Southlake’s Art on the Square event.
The Red Sox lost their home opener in a crazy game against the still undefeated Orioles. Chris Davis, ex-Ranger, smashed a three run homer off of Red Sox closer, Craig Kimbrel, who was rather wild in the inning and just sent a pitch right into the heart of the strike zone, Davis’s favorite place to hit home runs. That broke a 6-6 tie, and the O’s went on to win 9-7. The Rangers beat Seattle 7-3, which keeps them tied with Oakland, both with a 4-4 record. Oddly, the only two games Seattle has won are the two against Texas, in the first series.
It’s Tuesday, but Christi probably won’t be bowling, this evening, as her right knee has been in excruciating pain, lately. We aren’t sure what has happened. It’s not like she tripped or fell or anything like that. It just suddenly started hurting a few days ago. Prayers would be appreciated.
Tomorrow night, we re-launch our Anchor prayer gathering. We will be having it at the house of a church member, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.
(From Praying With the Psalms)
This is the path of those who have foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts. Selah.
Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning. Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah.
Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases.
For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him.
For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed —and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light.
Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
We do not have power over this ubiquitous question about life and death; but our God does. “We recognize the limitations of humankind, not so we can wallow in despair, but so we can hope in God.”
“Keep me, Almighty God, from a silly reliance on people or money to accomplish life’s tasks. I put my trust in you and look to you for my salvation, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.”
(From My Utmost For His Highest)
We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
“Eternal life is not a gift from God, eternal life is the gift of God.” It is the life displayed by Jesus Christ when he lived on our plane of existence. When we are “born of God,” it is that life, “not a copy of it,” which is displayed in our lives. And when we make that “moral decision about sin” (see blog entry from Sunday) it will be “manifested in us by the sheer sovereign grace of God.” Once we decide to be identified with Christ and his Cross, we will have the power of the Holy Spirit, which is not so much something that the Spirit imparts as much as it is the Spirit himself.
If we struggle to “get right with God,” it is because we have not made that “moral decision about sin.” Once we do, the “full life of God comes in.” What did Jesus say? I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10) This is “Eternal Life,” which has nothing to do with time! “The only source of Life is the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“We have to keep letting go, and slowly and surely the great full life of God will invade us in every part, and men will take knowledge of us that we have been with Jesus.”
Father, help me to keep letting go. Decisions are being made . . . those “moral decisions about sin.” Keep raising up the Eternal Life within me, the resurrected life of Christ, and may the Spirit be my power.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.