Today is Sunday, March 19, 2017. Fifteen days until Opening Day!
Sunday morning, and I don’t have time for quotes and words and such.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!
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;
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.
You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed.
You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
“O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring us again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” (The Divine Hours)
(From Daily Guideposts 2017)
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy . . .
Daniel Schantz writes of a time when he volunteered to help collate pages, at his church, for a devotional book to go to the bindery. As he was on his way to the church, he wondered, “Why did I ever volunteer for this job?”
About a dozen people were there for the job. Daniel saw the boxes of pages and cringed. It brought back not so good memories of his teaching days. But then people started chatting. “My husband thinks shopping for radial tires is a vacation. We shopped twelve different stores, then sat in a stinky garage forever while they installed them.”
People started telling jokes. “How many church members does it take to change a lightbulb? Ten. One to change it and nine to say how much better they liked the old bulb.” Then someone started singing “Blessed Be the Name,” and everyone joined in.
Before he knew it, they were finished. He realized that he actually had fun. Why? Because of the social element involved. Reminiscent of of the old time quilting parties and barn raisings, when people work together to do a job, it goes quicker and seems like less work. Daniel began thinking about other ways in which he could add this social element to his life.
“Lord Help me not to be so independent but to let others in.” (Daniel Schantz)
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Father, I need this reminder. I need it often. I know it’s no secret to you that I don’t like being around people. I have never enjoyed people in groups, especially. One on one, it’s not so bad, but even that depends on who the other “one” is. But I also realize that, as a community of faith, we need each other. I also know that, this past Thursday evening, having dinner with the others in our “Missional Gathering” was a blast. We had a lot of fun. So I can enjoy people, when the common basis for our being together is you. So keep reminding me of how much I and we need each other. I cannot do this life alone. No matter how much I think I want to.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.