Today is Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Four more days until Spring Training games begin!
“We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don’t know anything and can’t read.” – Mark Twain
Excoriate – to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally.
Today is Sticky Bun Day. I’m not sure what is the difference between sticky buns and cinnamon rolls. But the article says that sticky buns were originally brought to Pennsylvania by German settlers, and were originally called “schnecken.”
C is safely home, and we got the tire changed out on her car fairly quickly. I bought a full-size tire and wheel at a nearby Discount Tire store, and took it to the airport to meet her. After picking her up, we drove to the remote parking. Turns out, one of C’s work associates was also parked out there, and we gave her a ride. She then followed us to C’s car and actually assisted us as we changed the tire. Fortunately, the lug wrench in my car fit the lug nuts on C’s wheels, and my car also had a jack. The hardest part of the whole operation was working the jack. My car is a 2012 Lexus RX350, and after yesterday’s event, I am 100% certain that the jack had never been used. All of the lubrication on the threads was dried up, and it took all three of us taking turns to finally get it jacked up enough. Next time I take the car in for service, I may see if they can do anything about that.
C was so tired (and hurting quite a bit from all the walking she had to do over the weekend), that we decided to wait until this coming Saturday to get to busted tire replaced. I also did not go to band practice again, choosing to stay home with her. We have two more rehearsals until the Spring concert, which I should be able to make.
Back to work today, to see what kind of mess awaits me from taking a day off.
41 days until Opening Day!
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! Psalm 32:11
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. Psalm 119:18
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! Psalm 119:10
“O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into my heart your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.” (The Divine Hours)
(From Living the Message)
Today’s reading will be quoted in its entirety, as I find it difficult to paraphrase Peterson.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. Psalm 128:4 (ESV)
“‘Fears the LORD.’ Reverence might be a better word. Awe. The Bible isn’t interested in whether we believe in God or not. It assumes that everyone more or less does. What it is interested in is the response we have toward him: will we let God be as he is, majestic and holy, vast and wondrous, or will we always be trying to whittle him down to the size of our small minds, insist on confining him within the boundaries we are comfortable with, refuse to think of him other than in images that are convenient to our life-style? But then we are not dealing with the God of creation and the Christ of the cross, but with a dime-store reproduction of something made in our image, usually for commercial reasons. To guard against all such blasphemous chumminess with the Almighty, the Bible talks of the fear of the LORD–not to scare us but to bring us to awesome attention before the overwhelming grandeur of God, to shut up our whining and chattering and stop our running and fidgeting so that we can really see him as he is and listen to him as he speaks his merciful, life-changing words of forgiveness.”
There is no way I could have re-worded any of that and done it justice. May we ponder these words today as we consider our God.
Stand in awe of God’s Yes. Oh, how he blesses the one who fears GOD! Psalm 128:4 (The Message)
Father, as I go about my day today, constantly remind me to be in awe of you and your majesty. May I not be guilty of “whining and chattering,” or of being too “chummy” with you. May I know you as you truly are and be struck, overwhelmed, by your glory and grandeur. I praise you, God, for who you are and what you have done.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.