“It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.” – Arnold Bennett
Today’s word of the day, from the Oxford English Dictionary, is nugatory, which means, “Trifling, negligible; of no intrinsic value or importance; worthless.”
Today is Title Track Day. Can you think of a favorite title track? The first couple that came to my mind were “Aqualung,” and “Breakfast in America.”
If anyone read my blog before I edited it, yesterday, I apologize. I wrote some harsh words that needn’t have been put down for public consumption. For reasons that even I can’t figure out, I was in a rather bad place, yesterday morning. Even had to wind up apologizing for some words I spoke during setup yesterday morning. I got better, though, and edited the blog entry when I got home from PAT meeting. One thing I can always count on is for my wife to be straight up with me and tell me when I’ve screwed up. It’s one of the things I really appreciate about her. And this is one of the things that I really dislike about me. Enough about that, though.
Worship went pretty well, yesterday morning, and the PAT meeting was good, too, I think. In the meantime, the Red Sox beat the Indians 5-2, while Jackie Bradley, Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27. In addition, the O’s lost, putting them and the Sox back into a virtual tie for first, with only 5 percentage points between them. The Rangers got all over the Astros, winning 9-2. Unfortunately, the Mariners won again, as well, so the Rangers remain 1.5 out of first.
Today is Monday, of course. I think I feel some better than yesterday. Still not 100%, but better. I have band practice tonight, which I will try to attend. We’ll see how the day goes.
(From Praying With the Psalms)
Answer me, O LORD, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
Hide not your face from your servant; for I am in distress; make haste to answer me.
Draw near to my soul, redeem me; ransom me because of my enemies!
You know my reproach, and my shame and my dishonor; my foes are all known to you.
Reproaches have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none.
They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.
The pain, rejection, and humiliation that are represented in this psalm were experienced most vividly by Jesus Christ. “The Calvary crucifixion is the proper exposition and commentary for Psalm 69.”
“‘O mysterious condescending! O abandonment sublime! Very God himself is bearing all the suffering of time! Evermore for human failure by His passion we can plead; God has borne all mortal anguish, surely He will know our need’ (W.J. Sparrow Simpson, ‘Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow’). Amen.”
(From My Utmost For His Highest)
Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.
When we exercise “common sense carefulness” as disciples, we are actually practicing infidelity. Yes, this sounds harsh, but it’s the way Chambers puts it. We tend to worry about things, and it’s always the “practical details of our lives” that we worry about. We don’t really believe that God can take care of them, so we worry, and we practice this “common sense carefulness.” We become anxious about our lives, what we will eat or drink, or what we will wear.
What did Jesus say would choke out the word in us? It was the cares of this world, wasn’t it? How true this is. “The only cure for infidelity is obedience to the Spirit.” We must give these things up to him in abandonment to his provision and protection.
Father, teach me this abandonment! Teach me not to worry. I’m such a needless worrier. Even this morning, as C leaves for work without her phone because S dropped hers in the water last Friday, I am leaning toward worrying. We have become so dependent on these phones! Teach me to lean on you, Father, for everything!
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.