More Good Than Trouble

“Most human beings are quite likeable if you do not see too much of them.” – Robert Wilson Lynd

The word of the day, from, is churrasco, “meat cooked over an open fire.” Sounds yummy, and, I guess, appropriate for the upcoming holiday.

Today is Canada Day. If I understand correctly, it celebrates the day that Canada was formed as a country within the British Empire.

It’s Friday! And, to make it better, it’s Friday before a holiday weekend. Yes, Monday is July 4, a holiday in the U.S., as we celebrate our independence as a nation. We plan to go pick up my mother tomorrow, and she will stay a couple days with us, go to church with us Sunday morning, and then attend the Stars & Stripes celebration with us in Southlake Sunday night. The Southlake Community Band will play a concert, which will end just before the fireworks Sunday night. Monday, we’re off work and will chill for a while before taking my mother back home.

Not much else to write about, this morning.


(From Praying With the Psalms)

Lord, where is your steadfast love of old, which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
Psa 89:50 Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked, and how I bear in my heart the insults of all the many nations,
Psa 89:51 with which your enemies mock, O LORD, with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
Psa 89:52 Blessed be the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.

Psalm 89:49-52

“The psalm as a whole is a study in proportions.” There are complaints, but they are surrounded by testimony of God’s promises. “Thirteen verses of trouble are buttressed by thirty-nine verses of trust.”

“‘So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still will lead me on, o’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till the night is gone; and with the morn those angel faces smile, which I have loved long since, and lost awhile’ (John Henry Newman, ‘Lead Kindly Light’). Amen.”

Father, I know I complain a lot. Sometimes out loud, to people. But I pray that, along with my complaint, there is ample praise and acknowledgements of your promises and goodness. There is always much more good to sing about than trouble to complain about. Help me, by your Spirit, to see this.

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.


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