Today is Tuesday, December 27, 2016. Four more days of 2016.
“Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Veridical – truthful, veracious. Also, not illusory : genuine.
Today is Make Cut-out Snowflakes Day. Might as well, because we certainly won’t be seeing any real snowflakes around here this week.
C and I both seem to have come down with the crud. Call it whatever you want to, a cold, the crud, Sinu-bronchitis . . . we both got it. I’m going to work, this morning, primarily because I don’t have but two hours of PTO left, and if I don’t work at least four hours today, I don’t get paid for the holidays. C is staying home.
It was a good Christmas, though. He had a lovely time Saturday evening, with C’s sister and family, and Sunday was really good, as well. We had our Christmas at home, with S, R, & J, and then drove to Mineral Wells, where we had a wonderful time with my mother. Yesterday was a little off, because C and I were already feeling unwell, but we had a nice lunch at the Dairy Mart in Mineral Wells. Great burgers as always.
60 days until the first Spring Training game.
97 days until Opening Day.
Psa 103:20-22 Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Psa 7:7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high.
Psa 115:1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
Psa 118:14 The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
Psa 92:1-4 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
(From Praying With the Psalms)
Psa 147:12-20 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you. He makes peace in your borders; he fills you with the finest of the wheat. He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes. He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold? He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow. He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and rules to Israel. He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his rules. Praise the LORD!
Everything we can observe in nature can be a means of discovering grace. The sudden changes in the weather (how well-acquainted we are in Texas) “demonstrate the quick power of God: ‘his word runs swiftly’ (v. 15).”
“What I am really interested in, Lord, is not the weather but your word. You speak the word that changes my life from indolence to discipleship in Jesus Christ, in whose name I praise you. Amen.”
Father, help me to see your beauty and grace, even in the harshness of sudden weather changes. Your power over creation exemplifies the power you have over me, as well.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
Grace and peace, friends.