Blessed Are the People!

Today is Sunday, December 18, 2016. Seven days until Christmas!!

Quote of the Day

“To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.” – William Makepeace Thackeray
That reminds me of a baseball quote. “The best possible thing in baseball is winning The World Series. The second best thing is losing The World Series.” It is credited to Tommy Lasorda.

Word of the Day

I had several good choices for today’s word of the day. The Oxford English Dictionary had “miffy,” which means “easily offended or irritated.” Some days, I am certainly somewhat “miffy.” Merriam-Webster had “gallimaufry,” which means “a heterogeneous mixture : jumble.”

But my favorite for today is from, linked above. It is “mythopoeic,” which means “of or relating to the making of myths; causing, producing, or giving rise to myths.” The reason I like that one so much is that it is used extensively in Philip and Carol Zaleski’s book, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, which I am currently reading.

It is fifteen degrees in Fort Worth, Texas, this morning. The good news is that there is, according to the forecast, zero percent chance of any precipitation today. Of course, that is the same forecast that said the temps weren’t supposed to start dropping until after sunset, yesterday. They were way off on that one, because it started dropping dramatically right about the time we were supposed to kick off Yuleslide at the outdoor gazebo on Main Street in Grapevine! By the time we finished playing, it was 45 degrees, with wind whipping through the gazebo hard enough to almost blow our music stands over. Several times, I had to put my foot on the bottom of my stand to keep it stabilized while I was playing.

Nevertheless, we had an awesome time, yesterday, both at rehearsal, and while performing for the small crowd that braved the cold and wind to listen to us. I already can’t wait until next year.

We are getting ready for our worship gathering, this morning. We worship at The Exchange, which meets at the Northpark YMCA, at 9100 N. Beach Street, in Fort Worth. I always include that address, just in case someone might read this who is in the area and would like to visit. The gathering begins at 10:15 AM.

69 days until the first Spring Training game (also what I wish the temperature was, this morning).
106 days until Opening Day.


Sunday in the fourth week of Advent

Psa 96:2-4  Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.

Psa 90:14  Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Psa 65:5  By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas;

Psa 91:5  You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Psa 144:12-15  May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace; may our granaries be full, providing all kinds of produce; may our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; may our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing; may there be no cry of distress in our streets! Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!

“The conflicts, arduous and sustained, that Christians wage against temptation and for right have a victorious consummation: whole bodies, a bounteous land, and a blessed people.”

“‘A noble army, men and boys, the matron and the maid, around the Saviour’s throne rejoice, in robes of light arrayed: they climbed the steep ascent of heaven through peril, toil, and pain: O God, to us may grace be given to follow in their train!’ (Reginald Heber, ‘The Son of God Goes Forth to War’). Amen.”

Father, strengthen me for the daily battles ahead. My my attitude through all things be cheerful and godly, seeking you as the “main thing” in my life. Keep me focused on Christ and his “easy yoke.” Grant me a heart of worship this morning, as we lead your people into your presence.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

“Purify my conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in me a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.” (The Divine Hours)

Grace and peace, friends.


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