“It Is Your Face I Seek”

Today is Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Day 21,629. THREE days until our Oregon vacation!

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
The Quotations Page

Puffery ~ Undue or exaggerated praise.

For the lack of being able to find anything better, today is Senior Health and Fitness Day. So all you graduating seniors, get out there and be healthy today! Because I’m certain that’s what they mean, right?

Our bowling league begins tonight! The first night always begins with a meeting, which, in this case, begins at 5:45. So we’ll be loading both bowling bags in my car before we leave, this morning, and going straight to the bowling alley from work. We still haven’t worked out what we’ll do about dinner. The “food” at bowling alleys is never quite what you might consider “healthy.” I mean, it’s barely “food,” right? But the league won’t be over until at least 8:30, I’m sure, so we may have to eat something there. We’ll see. They frown upon us bringing outside food and beverages in the place.

The Rangers and Red Sox both won last night. The Rangers came back from behind to beat the Rays, and the Sox maintained a lead against the other Sox, giving Chris Sale his sixth win of the season. The Sox remain in second place, three games out, and the Rangers are also in second, tied with the Angels, eleven games out.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
Psalm 96:9
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah.
Psalm 67:1
Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.
Psalm 119:164
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
Psalm 25:8
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” 
Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

John 7:37-39
Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! 
For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!

Psalm 117

(From The President’s Devotional)

“Come now, little man,
turn aside for a while
from your daily employment,
escape for a moment
from the tumult of your thoughts.
Put aside your weighty cares,
let your burdensome distractions wait,
free yourself awhile for God
and rest awhile in him.
Enter the inner chamber of your soul,
shut out everything except God
and that which can help you in seeking him,
and when you have shut the door, seek him.
Now, my whole heart, say to God,
‘I seek your face, Lord,
it is your face I seek.'”
Anselm of Canterbury, in Theology for a Troubled Heart

Father, Help me to do exactly this during these morning times. Help me to put aside anything other than that which can help me in seeking you, and then, to simply see you with my whole heart. “It is your face, Lord, it is your face I seek.”
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.

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