Fire On the Altar

Today is Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Seventeen days until Galveston!

Quote of the Day

“Faith makes all things possible… love makes all things easy.” – Dwight L. Moody

Word of the Day

Haimish Slang. homey; cozy and unpretentious.

Today is Ancestor Appreciation Day. How much do you know about your ancestors? My father traced our lineage back as far as he could, but we still aren’t certain where we came from to get to the United States. It’s always fun to know who your ancestors were, where they came from, and what they did.

Yesterday was a nice, rainy, cool day. Work went fine, too. Not much else going on, other than we have been watching Fuller House on Netflix, with Stephanie. She wanted us to watch it with her, and we gladly agreed. It is silly, of course, but it has been fun. Especially funny are the occasional digs at Mary Kate and Ashley Olson, who declined to be part of the updated series.

The Rangers lost to the Brewers, last night. But, again, it really doesn’t matter, as they have clinched the AL West. The only thing they are playing for is home field advantage for the ALDS and ALCS. Since they lost, and the Red Sox didn’t play, the Red Sox currently have the best record in the AL. They begin a three game series with the Yankees tonight. Their magic number is 1, because the Yankees helped us out and beat the Boo Jays last night. Baltimore is eliminated from the division championship, but still holds one of the wild card spots.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” Psalm 70:4
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. Psalm 50:2

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar!
Psalm 118:26-27

“All the elements in the psalm–the surprises of love, the gifts of victory, the discoveries of salvation–are assembled then marched in a parade of celebration. Worship gathers all the experiences of grace and binds them together in festal response.”

“God, make every gathering with friends in Christ a time of blessing. Create a readiness to receive from you and a faithfulness to respond to you, so that all you give in love and all we bring in praise may be fire on your altar. Amen.”

This is my prayer, as well, Father. Let our worship gatherings be true times of celebration as we proclaim your goodness and faithfulness in our midst. May our praise be fire on your alter when we gather, and when we are separate, as well. May our lives be lives of praise and celebration, even in times when we are less than happy. In all circumstances, cause us to be grateful to you.

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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