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Today is Saturday, July 23.

Quote of the Day

“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” – Benjamin Franklin

Word of the Day

Connubial – “of marriage or wedlock; matrimonial; conjugal.”

Today is Gorgeous Grandma Day. This falls on July 23 of every year. We wish my mother a happy day, today!

C is feeling better today, much better. There are still occasional bouts of gas, and an occasional headache, as well, but over all, much better.

The pool lead repair happened earlier than expected. It was supposed to be Tuesday (I may have erroneously said Thursday, earlier), but they had an opening yesterday afternoon. That turns out to be a blessing, as C was already home, having taken a sick day. The pool heater arrived this morning, and is in the garage. We aren’t sure when the installation will happen for that. And the fence repair guys are supposed to be starting around noon today. Busy weekend!

In baseball news, both the Red Sox and Rangers lost last night. The Rangers have lost four in a row, and eight of their last ten. They are now only 2.5 games ahead of the second place Astros. Baltimore won their game, so the Sox are back in second place a half game out. In other news, the Cubs have managed to become the best team in baseball, once again, as the Giants have lost six consecutive games. In fact, the Cubs are the only team in MLB with a percentage over .600. Cleveland is the best team in the AL, and the Rangers are fourth best in the AL, behind Cleveland, Baltimore, and Boston. They are also behind Chicago, Washington, and San Francisco in the NL.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

A Psalm. Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together
before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.
Psalm 98

“Salvation, which brings God’s wholeness into our lives, develops a capacity in us for total response, which is praise. Everything and everyone is enlisted in the work of praise: the songs of the people, the melodies of musical instruments, and the sounds of nature.” What would your life be like, if, every time you stepped outside, you considered the sounds of nature to be praise to God? The roar of the sea in Galveston or Cancun; the sounds of a rushing river or trickling stream.

“My God and King, bird song and sea-roar accompany the praise I lift to you. Mine is no solitary voice raised in gratitude; a thunderous and multitudinous congregation is making sounds of thanksgiving, and I am glad to be a part of it. Amen.”

Father, make me more observant of the sights and sounds around me when I am out and about. Help me to notice the sounds of praise the your creation makes, and let that inspire me to praise of my own. And may I continue to strive to “ruthlessly eliminate hurry” from my life, that I might take time, as it were, to “stop and smell the roses.” Let everything that has breath praise your name.

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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