Today is Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Eleven days until Easter.
“You know, you can’t please all the people all the time… and last night, all those people were at my show.” ~ Mitch Hedberg
I miss this guy. 😦
Pantophobia ~ Originally: hydrophobia (rabies) (obs.). Later: a condition characterized by groundless or irrational fears; fear of everything; generalized anxiety. I was really hoping this would be the fear of pants.
Today is Day of Hope, a day set aside to remember the “hidden statistics” of abuse and neglect that millions of children, worldwide, suffer every day.
Last night, Joey Gallo crushed another 440+ foot home run, this time to the upper home run porch at Rangers Ballpark. Sadly, they still fell one run shy of the Indians, losing 4-3 in Martin Perez’s 2017 debut. He fell behind early in the game, giving up three runs in the first two innings. They have one more game with the Indians in this series, tonight at 7:05. Cole Hamels will take the mound tonight for the Rangers. The Red Sox continue their series with the Pirates tonight at Fenway Park, with Chris Sale making his Red Sox debut.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.
Psa 85:9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.
. . . that they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah.
(From Daily Guideposts 2017)
The Lord has risen indeed . . .
Roberta Messner writes of meeting a new cashier at the cafeteria in the hospital. “When I asked if Easter was a special holiday for her, she looked at me, perplexed, and told me, ‘No, honey, my children are all grown.'”
Her office mate, Julius, reacted sadly to that tale. He came from Nigeria. He loves America, but he noted that, in Nigeria, Easter was very different. Materialism was not a thing there, so they didn’t focus on “bunnies and chocolate.” Instead, at 4:00 AM on Easter morning, people would begin to gather at the parsonage, where they would move on to the next house, singing resurrection songs. They went from house to house, gathering more people, until, at 8:00 AM, they were at the church, where they would praise God, “nonstop, until two or three in the afternoon.”
“We were filled with such joy, we never tired,” Julius said.
How different are we. Who among us has not been guilty of looking at the order of service to see how many songs we had to get through, or texting people during the sermon? Or maybe even complaining because we “don’t like that song very much.”
May we approach this coming Easter with the kind of joy that Julius and his people experienced in Nigeria.
Father, teach us the true meaning of events like Easter. Help us to not get caught up in the materialism of chocolate bunnies, Cadbury eggs and Easter Egg hunts. Help us to truly celebrate the resurrection of our Savior.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.