“Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it.” ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper
Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is furphy, which is “a false report; rumor.” So don’t go making up furphies about me!
Today is Notebook Day. This is a brand new holiday. You who read this are among the elite few who will know about it on its very first observance! Not surprisingly, it was begun by a company that sells notebooks, May Designs. But why not, right? Anyway, they are trying to encourage people to engage in journaling. Not keeping a diary, mind you. Journaling.
The Red Sox split a double-header with KC, yesterday, which means they lost the series. But at least they took the nightcap, 5-2. On the plus side, Jackie Bradley, Jr. extended his hitting streak to 24 games! He almost didn’t get one in the first game, but managed a single in his last at bat, in the top of the ninth inning. He is a looooooooong way from Joe DiMaggio’s record, though. 56 games. That’s almost unreachable.
The Rangers, in the meantime, got swept by Oakland. That’s unfortunate, and I can’t help but believe it had something to do with the brawl in Sunday’s game. As fun as it was to watch Rougie punch the punk in the face, things like that seem to have a negative impact on the team. Especially when the punishments start getting doled out by MLB officials who favor northeastern teams, aka Joe Torre, ex-manager of the Evil Empire. Am I saying I think the penalties were inequitable? You bet your sweet bippy, I am! I don’t think there are any Rangers fans who would deny that Rougie deserves suspension. But the Boo Jays hardly got anything, and the punk only got one game, even after a history of dirty slides.
That’s all the time I have for my editorial portion. Today is Thursday (pre-Friday). It’s supposed to rain most of the day. But it did that all the way to work, yesterday morning, and I wasn’t expecting that. The weather people seem to be struggling, these days, and it seems that they have become overly dramatic, coming up with new acronyms (PDS) and largely “crying wolf” about severe weather.
Oops. That was more editorial, wasn’t it? Ah, well. On to what’s truly important.
O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah.
to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies.
Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!
“‘This superb hymn is unsurpassed, if not unequalled, in grandeur, lyric fire, and sustained rush of triumphant praise. It celebrates a victory; but it is the victory of the God who enters as a conqueror into His sanctuary’ (Alexander Maclaren, The Psalms, 1:271).”
“‘Let all the world in every corner sing, “My God and King!” The heavens are not too high, His praise may thither fly; the earth is not too low, His praises there may grow. Let all the world in every corner sing, “My God and King!”‘ (George Herbert, ‘Let All the World in Every Corner Sing’). Amen.”
(From My Utmost For His Highest)
“Out of the Wreck I Rise”
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
God will not make us immune from trouble. Instead he proclaims, all through Scripture, that he will be with us in our trouble. And no matter what troubles we encounter, there is not a single one that can separate us from our relationship to God in Christ Jesus! When Paul says that we are “more than conquerors,” he not thinking of imaginary dragons. Nay, he is speaking of reality, “things that are desperately actual.” But it is not courage or talent or strength that makes us more than conquerors. It is “the fact that not one of them affects our relationship to God in Jesus Christ.”
Shall tribulation . . .? “Let tribulation be what it may – exhausting, galling, it is not able to separate us from the love of God. Never let cares or tribulations separate you from the fact that God loves you.”
Or distress . . .? (Chambers uses the word “anguish.”) “Can God’s love hold when everything says that His love is a lie, and that there is no such thing as justice?”
Or famine . . .? Can we keep believing in the love of God even when we don’t have enough to eat?
“Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver and Paul is deluded, or some extraordinary thing happens to a man who holds on to the love of God when the odds are against God’s character.”
Nothing can separate us, we shall rise, “Out of the wreck,” every time!
Hallelujah, my God! I praise you for the truth in this reading, and in Romans 8! So many times in my life, I have found this passage to be true! Keep it right in front of me, Father, as I walk in your kingdom today.
Come, Lord Jesus!
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.
Grace and peace, friends.