Not Duty, But Joy

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” – John Barrymore
(Eduro)

The word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is tweedle, which means, “to lure by or as by music.” The example given is, “The Pied Piper tweedled the children into following him.”

Today is International Town Criers Day. The Facebook of the olden days.

We had a good worship gathering, yesterday morning. Our pastor spent a few minutes, at the beginning, to have a prayer time for everyone affected by the tragedies from the previous week, praying for the victims’ families and friends, as well as those involved in the various shootings. It was a very moving time. The worship went well, and we concluded our series on prayer. We ended by giving the youth a chance to talk about their experiences at camp over the previous week. Sounds like they had a great time, and some of them had some authentic, life-changing encounters with God.

The Rangers lost the series to the Twins, 3-1, losing the final game 15-5. They have slumped their way into the All-Star break. Hopefully, the break will rejuvenate them, and they can come out swinging for the second half of the season. In the meantime, the Red Sox swept the Rays in their series. Unfortunately, the Orioles and Boo Jays both won yesterday, as well, so no ground was gained. They remain two games out, in second place. In spite of their slump, the Rangers remain the best team in the AL, and tied for third-best, with the Nationals, in MLB.

It’s Monday again, so back to work. C leaves for Indianapolis tomorrow after work. 😦

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath. It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

Psalm 92:1-4

Giving thanks to God should not be something we do out of duty, or begrudgingly. It should be “an exuberant explosion of delight.” It is not something that we do just to be polite, but is “the songburst of joy.” Every day we live, we should have new reason and new opportunities to proclaim our Father’s praises and give him thanks. “It is good to give thanks to the Lord!”

“Dear God, I will greet morning as a rising of the light of your love upon me; I will kneel at evening and receive your benediction. In between I will use every tune I know to carry a song of praise to you. Amen.”

Father, help me to know you throughout this day, and to know the presence of Christ in my life at every moment, that I might be constantly giving you thanks and praise in all things. Let each circumstance throughout this day be one in which I can acknowledge your presence and pray to you. I want to realize Jesus Christ in all things, not myself or the work that I do.

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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