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Today is Thursday, August 25, 2016. 50 days until Galveston!

Quote of the Day

“I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.” – Zsa Zsa Gabor

Word of the Day

MirabiliaLatin. marvels; miracles.

Today is Burger Day. I probably won’t have one today, but it always sounds good. I always love a good burger. Especially if it comes from Good Burger!

No news or earth-shattering events around our place yesterday. Our hearts and prayers go out for the people of Central Italy, as the death toll from yesterday morning’s earthquake has been estimated at almost 250 in several completely destroyed towns.

R & J will be coming over on Saturday, I think, as we celebrate birthdays and major life victories. We are looking forward to this.

The Rangers pulled out a win over the struggling Reds, last night, 6-5, gaining a game on the Mariners, who are now 6.5 games out. The Red Sox missed an opportunity to pull into first place by themselves when they lost to Tampa Bay, 4-3, in the 11th inning. The Boo Jays got beat by the Angels 8-2, so they remain in a tie for first place in the AL East. It seems like everyone is struggling with the losing teams, right now. How strange.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD!
Psalm 106:47-48

We have several options for our response to sin in our world. We could wash our hands of it, like Pilate did. We could attempt to completely separate ourselves from it, as the Desert Fathers did. However, the best response is “to engage in prayers of intercession for God’s mercy and to give praise for one’s salvation.”

“Lord Jesus Christ, you took all sin upon yourself that you might free me from its death. ‘There is therefore now no condemnation!’ I praise you for your bold mercy (Romans 8:1). Amen.”

Father, teach me the best response in regard to sin in this world. You have never instructed us in your Word to try to eradicate sin from this world. You have, however, commanded us to pray without ceasing, in intercession for the people in our lives and around the world. Teach us to pray; teach us to care; teach us to intercede; teach us to love. Thank you for your marvelous gift of salvation and mercy!

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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