Today is Wednesday, November 9, 2016. One day until our Glen Rose vacation! Three days until C’s birthday!
“True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Syncretism noun [sing-kri-tiz-uh m- the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion.
Today is World Freedom Day.
It would appear that Donald Trump will be the new POTUS. All I’m going to say about that is that I am committed to praying diligently for our President, no matter who it is.
There were other things weighing heavily on our hearts, yesterday, that were, in some ways, more immediately important than the Presidential election. We made the very difficult decision to say goodbye to our 18 1/2 year old black cat, Screamer. He had grown increasingly arthritic, wasn’t getting around well, had become increasingly incontinent, and had developed cataracts, as well. We took him to the animal hospital, where a doctor validated our decision. What also validated our decision was when they gave him the first shot that just sedates him, making him fall asleep. He was immediately more relaxed than we had seen him in probably a year. He had obviously been in quite a bit of pain, or at least discomfort. We stayed with him until he was unconscious, love on him a few minutes and then left him with the doctor.
Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! Psalm 57:8
Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! Psalm 80:7
My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed. Psalm 71:23
Summon your power, O God, the power, O God, by which you have worked for us. Psalm 68:28
(From Praying With the Psalms)
A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!
O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. Psalm 130:1-4
There is nothing so severe in our lives that it cuts us off from God. “There is no sin so powerful that it removes a person from the greater power of forgiveness.” As Romans 8 states, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. There is ample testimony, both biblical and extra-biblical, of troubled, suffering, and afflicted people who found their lives changed through prayer.
“‘Lord, from the depths to Thee I cried: my voice, Lord, do Thou hear: unto my supplication’s voice give an attentive ear. . . . I wait for God, my soul doth wait, my hope is in His word. More than they that for the morning watch, my soul waits for the Lord’ Scottish Psalter, ‘Lord, from the Depths’). Amen.”
Father, our hearts are heavy, as we endured sorrow yesterday. But your grace and mercy go above and beyond sorrow, stronger than anything we can possibly endure in this life. Teach us to hope in you, to cry out to you in times of trouble, suffering, and affliction. Let us hear your tender voice of help and forgiveness, and let us live our lives in the strength that you have given us in your Holy Spirit.
Even so, 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.