Today is Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Tuesday of Holy Week. Five more days until Easter.
“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.” ~ Bill Watterson
Rampike ~ Chiefly Canadian. a dead tree, especially the bleached skeleton or splintered trunk of a tree killed by fire, lightning, or wind.
Today is Library Workers Day. I’ve always wanted to be a “library worker.” When I was unemployed for three months back in ’10, I began the enrollment process for the Masters of Library Science at TWU in Denton. Then I got a job, so I stopped it. Sometimes, I wish I had kept going. If you have a chance, thank a librarian or library volunteer today.
The Rangers had the day off, yesterday, and will play the Angels tonight at 9:05 PM, CDT. The Red Sox lost a close game to the Tigers, 2-1, which also lost the series 3-1. The Sox are now 3-3 on the season, in third place in the AL East.
As we move through Holy Week toward Easter, I’m reminded that this is also the period of time that my father was in the hospital between the time he fell and the time he passed. It’s bittersweet that Easter is falling in the middle of that time, this year. I guess the celebration of the resurrection should give us hope and comfort as we consider how much we still miss him. Some friends of ours lost a grandmother a couple days ago. Others that we know have suffered loss, recently, as well. Give your loved ones a hug today, if you can. Make sure they know how much you love them. In fact, in the whole realm of “love your neighbor as yourself,” the people you live with should come first as your “neighbors.” Think about that for a while.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
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!
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
For behold, your enemies, O LORD, for behold, your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered.
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
(From Living the Message)
When we first realize that there is such a thing as infinity, one of the first things that comes to mind is that, “if there is such a thing as infinity, I am not it. I am finite. If there is God then there is no room for me as god.”
This is a difficult realization for most of us. And our response is usually one of two things. One is that we back off, retreat from infinity. We step back into the “spiritual sovereignty of self.” We work on improving, cultivating the self. My world. All mine, and nothing matters but me.
The other response is an attempt to skirt around the entry point of infinity and try to control “the spirituality of infinity.” We figure that this spirituality of infinity needs management. We get practical, almost entrepreneurial.
In truth, many of us, in our attempts to manage and understand infinity, practice a bit of both of those. But we need to return to “Square One,” as Eugene Peterson calls it. “The place of wonder, the realization of infinity, the worship of God.” We need to cultivate humility in order to do battle with these two responses. “Learning to be just ourselves, keeping close to the ground, practicing the human, getting our fingers in the humus, the rich, loamy, garden dirt out of which we have been fashioned.
“And then listen.”
The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
Romans 12:3B (The Message)
Father, teach me this humility (am I insane, asking for this?). Teach me how to not be narcissistic, or to try manage this thing called infinity. You are God, I am not. You are in control of infinity, I cannot possibly be. Help me to stop trying. And help me to obey the first part of Romans 12:3, that I not think more highly of myself than I ought.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Grace and peace, friends.