Scrape the Barnacles

Today is Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Twelve more days until Christmas! Do the Twelve Days of Christmas begin today or on Christmas Day?

Quote of the Day

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu

Word of the Day

Tyro – a beginner in learning anything; novice.

Today is Violin Day. I don’t have a lot to say about that, never having played the violin. I do know that the world would be a much darker place without them.

We made our first batch of ice cream last night, and, as I said when C picked out that prize, it is peach ice cream. We’ve only had a spoonful or two, to taste it, so far, because, per the recipe, it needed to be in the freezer for a while, to firm up. It is delicious!

Not much going on, otherwise, other than trying to suss out the details of what we are doing on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. We aren’t quite done with that, yet.

74 days until the first Spring Training game.
111 days until Opening Day.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Tuesday in the third week of Advent

Psa 95:1  Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Psa 144:5  Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke!

Psa 71:23  My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.

Psa 89:1  I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.

Psa 103:10-14 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Psa 143:1-6 A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you. For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah.

I like the way this reading starts. “Life accumulates irrelevancies as a ship acquires barnacles.” You see, each tiny, individual thing seems harmless, but as they accumulate, they will “sink us into sluggish immobility.” Then when trouble comes, we are forced into reflection. “We see our lives in relation to God (‘I meditate on the works of your hands’) and realize our primary needs (‘my soul thirsts for you’).”

“God, too much of my life is deadweight–habit, routine, and duty that have become separated from you. Wake me to my essential, eternal relationships. I will go over again what I know of your ways and reorder my ways by what I learn in Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Father, help me to de-accumulate, to scrape the barnacles off of my hull. I’m sure I have accumulated tons of irrelevant stuff in my lifetime. Help me to identify those things and drop them by the wayside. I want to retain only things that truly matter. Draw my attention toward you and the things of Christ, in full devotion to my Savior.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. John 15:4

Grace and peace, friends.

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