Unbroken Communion

Today is Tuesday, September 13, 2016. 31 days until Galveston!

Quote of the Day

“So many things are possible as long as you don’t know they are impossible.” ― Mildred D. Taylor, The Land

Word of the Day

Scrumdiddlyumptious – Extremely scrumptious; excellent, splendid; (esp. of food) delicious.

Today is Defy Superstition Day. Go ahead. Step on that crack. Walk under that ladder. Push number 13 on the elevator. If they even have one. It’s hard to defy someone else’s superstition.

Band practice went pretty well, last night. Except that I think we’re cutting the one song that I really wanted to do. 😦 Oh, well. That happens. We ran through all of the music for Saturday’s concert. It will be at 7:30 PM at the Southlake Town Square, in the gazebo, as usual. I hear there will be food trucks.

Before band practice, I had dinner at Torchy’s Taco’s. I had a “secret menu” item, called The Matador. It may have been the best taco I have ever eaten. Chopped brisket and grilled jalapeno topped with pickled onions, jack cheese, avocado, sour cream and cilantro with tomatillo sauce on a corn tortilla. Actually, there was a flour tortilla, then a corn tortilla that was crunchy. It was amazing.

The Red Sox rolled over the Orioles, last night, 12-2, as they continue to lead the AL East. Toronto beat the Rays, 3-2, so the Sox remain two games up. The Orioles still hold the second wild card spot. Also, David Ortiz has tied Mickey Mantle for career home runs. In the meantime, the Rangers hung on for a twelfth inning win over the Astros, knocking the ‘stros into third place, 10.5 games out. Rougned Odor hit the game-winning home run in the top of the twelfth inning.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!
His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.
He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor.
The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away; the desire of the wicked will perish!
Psalm 112

Are you “afraid of bad news?” People whose happiness and well-being depend on things like the stock market, weather forecasts, and public opinion are always “afraid of bad news.” But those who have faith in God’s word and respond to him in praise “have foundations of eternity built into the structure of their soul and thereby acquire a firm heart.”

“God Almighty: listening to your words and responding to your commands, I build on the rock that is Christ. Let no wind or storm shake my commitment or compromise the praise that I offer up to you in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. John 17:4

When we surrender, it is not the external life that we are surrendering, but the will. “The great crisis is the surrender of the will.” God will never crush us into that surrender. He will wait until we yield it to him.

“It is after we have begun to experience what salvation means that we surrender our wills to Jesus for rest.” Jesus bids us come to him and he will give us rest. It is the “easy yoke.”

If we would be disciples of Christ, we must surrender our rights to ourselves to him. “Then the remainder of the life is nothing but the manifestation of this surrender.”

Beware, however, of any “surrender” that is made during moments of ecstasy. They are likely not authentic, and we are apt to revoke them at a later time. When we truly surrender our will, we are united with Christ in his death “until nothing ever appeals to you that did not appeal to Him.” What happens after surrender? “The whole of life after surrender is an aspiration for unbroken communion with God.”

This is what I desire with all of my heart, Father! Unbroken communion with you! Lead me to that place; teach me this surrender. Draw me into your heart and kingdom by your grace. Teach me your ways, that I may walk in your truth. If I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, that I may walk in them and continue to find favor in your sight. Show me your glory, Father!

Come, Lord Jesus!

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” . . . Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:15, 18)

Grace and peace, friends.

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