Today is Thursday, September 29, 2016. The Boston Red Sox clinched the AL East last night. Fifteen days until Galveston!
“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” – Ralph Marston
Junkball – A pitch that relies on movement rather than speed, such as a breaking ball or knuckleball.
Today is World Heart Day, intended to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. It’s “the perfect day to quit smoking, get exercising and start eating healthy.” But I’ll probably do that tomorrow.
That was a joke. I don’t smoke.
As stated above, the Red Sox clinched the AL East last night, when Baltimore beat Toronto. The Sox celebrated by letting the Yankees have five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. But it didn’t matter. I would imagine that knowing they had just one the division made it difficult to focus. And who was it that hit the walk-off grand slam? None other than S’s hero and former Ranger first baseman, Mark Teixeira. Oh, well. Four more games to go for the Sox. One more with the Yankees and then the final series in Boston, against the Boo Jays. My hope is that the Sox can manage to knock the Boo Jays out of the wild card spot, giving it to Baltimore and Detroit.
The Rangers beat the Brewers again, 8-5. According to a good friend of mine, their “magic number” to clinch home field advantage for the ALCS is two. I tried to figure that out myself, but it was too early to do math.
Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name! Psalm 97:12
Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. Psalm 28:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6
(From Praying With the Psalms)
Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD! Psalm 119:1
This verse sets the pace for the longest, “and in many ways the most remarkable of psalms.” With 176 verses, almost every verse mentions, in some way or another, God’s Word. “There is an astonishing inventiveness for expressing delight in God’s law.” The psalmist expresses joy and delight in the privilege of walking in the law of the Lord. There is never any indication that it is a list of “hard rules to be kept, nor of restrictive limitations to be endured.” Rather, the psalmist gives us “ways to walk in happiness and praise.”
“Almighty God, you have given me such great words of guidance and grace; I accept them as gifts to be embraced in joy. Thank you for a law that can be enjoyed and celebrated, in the name of Jesus. Amen.”
(From My Utmost For His Highest)
“If you can tell where you got the call of God and all about it, I question whether you have ever had a call. The call of God does not come like that, it is much more supernatural. The realization of it in a man’s life may come with a sudden thunder-clap or with a gradual dawning, but in whatever way it comes, it comes with the undercurrent of the supernatural, something that cannot be put into words.”
Father, as I go into this day, I pray that you show me ways to celebrate and delight in your law, your Word. Whether it be verses from Scripture that are brought to my mind by the Holy Spirit, or simply thoughts that you place within my heart and mind that build you up and glorify you, let them be joyous and delightful. Let me live this day in celebration of you and walking in your Kingdom.
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.