Drop the Mask

“People understand me so poorly that they don’t even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.” ― Søren Kierkegaard, The Journals of Kierkegaard
(Goodreads)

Today’s word of the day, from Merriam-Webster, is gormandize, which means, “to eat greedily, gluttonously, or ravenously.”

Today is Cartoonists Day. I like this day, because I am quite fond of cartoons, both animated and stationary. Some of my favorite comic strips are Bloom County, Foxtrot, and Calvin & Hobbes. My favorite animated cartoons have always been and always will be Looney Tunes.

Not a whole lot going on this Thursday morning. One bit of good news is that my mother’s radiation treatments will be over next Wednesday!

Today, we have our Quarterly Business Review at work, so there will be lots of PTBs there. (Powers That Be, if you don’t understand that abbreviation.)

The Rangers are on a three game losing streak, having lost another game in the bottom of the ninth, last night. The bullpen keeps losing it for them. The Red Sox managed to beat the Other Sox, last night, which is impressive, as the Other Sox continue to be the best in the AL. This put the Sox back in first place, a half game ahead of Baltimore. The Rangers are in second, 1.5 behind Seattle.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
preserve my life from dread of the enemy.

Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
from the throng of evildoers,
who whet their tongues like swords,
who aim bitter words like arrows,
shooting from ambush at the blameless,
shooting at him suddenly and without fear.
They hold fast to their evil purpose;
they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, “Who can see them?”
They search out injustice,
saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.”
For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep.
But God shoots his arrow at them;
they are wounded suddenly.
They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them;
all who see them will wag their heads.
Then all mankind fears;
they tell what God has brought about
and ponder what he has done.
Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord
and take refuge in him!
Let all the upright in heart exult!

Psalm 64

When we approach the Father in prayer, we don’t have to “dress up.” We don’t have to pretend to be a certain way, inwardly, to pray to God. “We do not have to hide our anger, suppress our distress, or mask our irritability. It is all right to complain to God.”

“I am so used to hiding the feelings and thoughts that others might find unacceptable, O God, that I even try to do it with you. Keep me honest in my prayers. You know how to deal with such as me: I do not fear your rejection, and I hope in your salvation, even in Jesus Christ. Amen.”

I’m short on time, this morning, as I have had some technical difficulties.

Father, help me to not try to hide anything from you when I pray. If I’m angry, let me show you. If I’m annoyed, help me to confess it and get it out front. I have found in the past, that by expressing these feelings, you help me work through them. If I try to mask them, I don’t help anything, and my prayers are a fraud. May I be truthful and transparent before you, as you see it all, anyway.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s