He Who Made History Happen

Today is Tuesday, August 16, 2016. THREE more days until S turns 23!

Quote of the Day

“The past always looks better than it was. It’s only pleasant because it isn’t here.” – Finley Peter Dunne

Word of the Day

Eponym – A person whose name is or is thought to be the source of the name of something, such as a city or country. “George Washington is the eponym of Washington DC.”

Today is Rollercoaster Day. Since I can’t get out and ride one today, I’ll share a video of one.

I’m not very focused this morning. I really could have used another hour or two of sleep, but here we go.

Practice went well, last night. The work day was pretty uneventful, so that was good. And it’s the second day of a four-day work week for us. Since S’s birthday is Friday, we are taking PTO on that day, so we can spend it with her.

The temperatures have shifted drastically, and today’s high is only projected to be 85. That’s almost twenty degrees cooler than this time last week! Plus we’re getting some much needed rain, too.

Speaking of much needed, the Rangers picked up a win, yesterday, beating Oakland 5-2. This made them the first AL team to win 70 games, and kept them 5.5 games ahead of Seattle, who seems to be on fire, at the moment. The Red Sox got their current streak up to four games, beating the Indians 3-2. They remain in third place, but only one game out of first, which is a tie between Baltimore and Toronto.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

So he brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with singing.
And he gave them the lands of the nations, and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples’ toil,
that they might keep his statutes and observe his laws. Praise the LORD!
Psalm 105:43-45

Historically, we see God acting: “protecting, leading, sustaining, promising, fulfilling.” Peterson counts 34 active verbs in this Psalm that have God as their subject. “Our interest in history is not so much in what happened as in who made it happen.”

“Dear Father, while others examine the past for evidence of human accomplishments, gathering material to rationalize pride, give me the ability to see it as a record of your covenant faithfulness, the gracious acts by which all men may experience your love and salvation. Amen.”

Father, you have been historically faithful, not only to me, but to your people throughout all generations. We have consistently failed you in many ways, but you keep us in your care, “protecting, leading, sustaining, promising, fulfilling.” Help me to see all of these things as I look through history, both of the world and my own life.

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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