Forgiveness

Today is Friday, April 28, 2017.

Quote of the Day

“Age is not important unless you’re a cheese.” ~ Helen Hayes

Word of the Day

Drupe ~ any fruit, as a peach, cherry, plum, etc., consisting of an outer skin, a usually pulpy and succulent middle layer, and a hard and woody inner shell usually enclosing a single seed.

Today is Hairball Awareness Day. I’m not sure what I would have done without that knowledge.

I’m continuing to feel better, still taking my antibiotic daily, but have stopped taking the DayQuil and NyQuil, for the most part.

We’re supposed to have a band concert tomorrow afternoon, at Art in the Square, in Southlake. However, weather is predicting 100% chance of rain, so I’m not sure that’s going to happen. It’s supposed to rain Sunday, as well, but only in the morning. I think we may go to Scarborough Renaissance Festival after church. We need our Cale the Juggler fix!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS

Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Psalm 96:1
With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes.
Psalm 119:145
Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers;
you are worthy of praise; glory to you.
Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name;
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
Glory to you in the splendor of your temple;
on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.
Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim;
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.
Glory to you, beholding the depths;
in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.
Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

(Te Deum)
Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.
Psalm 85:13

(From Living the Message)

Today’s reading is “Forgiveness.”

What is forgiveness? It is the act of forgiving. So what does it mean to forgive. One definition is to cancel a debt. Another is to stop being angry at someone for an offense.

In our culture, the word has been watered down to the point of almost being nothing more than a shoulder shrug. Eugene H. Peterson calls for a return to the New Testament to regain a better understanding of the value of the word. “. . . to discover its vitality, its strength, its power, its versatility; to realize that it is the most creative act anyone can engage in.”

“New life springs from acts of forgiveness,” says Peterson.

Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
Colossians 3:13-14 (The Message)

Father, help us to regain the importance and value of forgiveness, first within the Church, but also in our society. Help us to forgive others as you have forgiven us. Help us to “wear love” ever day, all the time.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

In addition, I would like to share this video of Dallas Willard explaining a sort of daily routine.

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.

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