Be Still and Know

Today is Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Ten days until our Glen Rose weekend!

Quote of the Day

“We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Word of the Day

Shrive ~ to grant absolution to, impose penance on, or hear the confession of someone.

Today is Chocolate Souffle Day. I’ve never had or made a chocolate souffle, but it sounds delicious. Plus, you know, chocolate.

Band practice went well, last night. We played the entire program with minimal stops, and everything sounded good. There are video clips for about half the songs, a vocalist for a couple of them, and one will be an audience sing-a-long. The vocalist is one of our bari-sax players, and she did a very nice job at rehearsal last night. I confess that I struggled through the Beauty and the Beast medley, because it kept making me cry. Good memories from when that movie first came out.

Oh, and today is also Fat Tuesday. Lent begins tomorrow. Mardi Gras and Carnival will be in full swing today.

34 days until Opening Day.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
Psalm 105:4
Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts!
Psalm 125:4
You have set up a banner for those who fear you . . . give salvation by your right hand and answer us! 
Psalm 60:4-5
As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; 
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.

Psalm 103:15-16
O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? 
He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; 
who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; 
in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; 
who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

Psalm 15

(From The President’s Devotional)

Be still, and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

Amen

Father, what more do we truly need than to be still and know that you are God? Knowing you is the most important thing that we can do in this life. But, most of the time, it seems as if simply obeying the first part of that verse is the most difficult thing in the world. “Be still.” Why is it so difficult for us to be still? We feel as if we must always be moving, always doing something. I believe, Father, that this constant need for movement, for doing, is one of the things that keeps us from knowing you. We sacrifice knowing you for doing stuff for you, most of the time, stuff that we have invented ourselves. Give us grace and wisdom to take time to be still, to know you, to cling to you.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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