Today is Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
“We do not judge the people we love.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
Flackery – publicity and promotion; press-agentry.
Today is Bittersweet Chocolate Day. Also known as “Dark Chocolate,” this is my favorite kind of chocolate. I always prefer dark over milk chocolate. Don’t get me wrong . . . if you hand me a piece of milk chocolate, I will most certainly devour it. I just like dark better.
It was a hard night, last night. Yesterday, during the day, C got a call from her step-dad’s daughter-in-law. The doctors had given up hope, and were strongly recommending a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order in place. C left work early, picked up S, and went up to the hospital. I decided, around 4:00 PM, that I would skip band practice and go meet them at the hospital. C’s step-dad was not doing well at all. His heart rate was consistently over 100, his BP was very low, his respiration was around 40 times per minute, and his oxygen saturation was consistently at 80 or below (they want it between 90 and 100 percent). He was, literally, gasping for breath. He was awake and semi-lucid, but had a full-face mask on, which was helping him get oxygen.
After we got home, at around 9:30 PM, C got a call, and was told that the nurses did not think he would make it through the night. At 11:30, she got the call. C’s step-dad passed away, peacefully. I am glad that I made the decision to go up there instead of going to band practice. C is not going to work today, and probably won’t for the rest of the week. I will work today, but probably take off the rest of the week, as well. Service arrangements will likely be made today. Everything is already paid for and space ready at the same place her mother is interred.
There really isn’t much else to say, this morning.
Psa 47:5-8 God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.
Psa 70:4 May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”
Psa 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
Psa 14:7 When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.
(From Living the Message)
Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time. James 5:7-8
What is Christian Spirituality? Eugene Peterson defines it as “living in the mature wholeness of the gospel.” So what does that mean? It means to experience very element in your life as an “act of faith.” God is alive. Let us look for him in everything in our lives; “children, spouse, job, weather, possessions, relationships,” and so on. Let us find God in every single aspect of our lives. Let us not just look up for him (that was borrowed from today’s Daily Guideposts reading). God is not only in the heavens. He is everywhere, and he is active and alive in every aspect of our lives.
Father, help me to see you everywhere today, especially today. As we attempt to live out this day with broken hearts, help us to see your life in our world. If we can find your life in a day like today, then we can find it any day. May your peace enfold us; may we even find joy. Your grace is sufficient.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Grace and peace, friends.