Today is Thursday, June 8, 2017. Day 21,637. Two days left in the vacation.
“Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
The Quotations Page
The word of the day is conflagration, a destructive fire, usually an extensive one.
Today is World Oceans Day. What a coincidence. I just happen to be looking at one.
Today may turn out to be one of those stay at the house and relax days. We’ve done an awful lot of walking over the last two days, and most of it seems to have been uphill. There’s a chance we may head south to Lincoln City, where there are a couple of casinos. At this point, there is no plan for today.
Yesterday, we didn’t drive far, just to Tillamook and maybe eight miles south to Munson Creek Falls, then back to Cape Meares, which is a few miles west of Tillamook.
We had more clam chowder, last night, which may have been the best yet. We got it at the Old Oregon Smokehouse, which is a little shack with no inside seating. The chowder was delicious, and their halibut fish & chips were also very good.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
(From The Divine Hours)
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
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.
O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you?
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
Psalm 89:8, 14
I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
but you are the same, and your years have no end.
The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.
Check out Psalm 102:25-28, above. Here it is from The Message:
You laid earth’s foundations a long time ago, and handcrafted the very heavens;
You’ll still be around when they’re long gone, threadbare and discarded like an old suit of clothes. You’ll throw them away like a worn-out coat,
but year after year you’re as good as new.
Your servants’ children will have a good place to live and their children will be at home with you.
As we’ve been traipsing (yes, that’s a word) around the Oregon coast, this week, we have seen parts of this earth that are unrivaled anywhere else that we have been. More spectacular than northern California, definitely more so than anywhere in Texas, even better than the coast of New England. There are some areas that we have seen that resemble what I think a rain forest would look like. Simply amazing. I say all of that to get to this. All of this will be gone, someday.
Yes, the Lord “laid the foundation of the earth,” and the heavens are also the works of his hands. But, “they will perish.” The heavens and the earth, as we know them, will all perish. But God? “You will remain,” the Psalmist says. All of what we see will “wear out like a garment.”
Our God is the same, though, and his years have no end.
Then look at the last verse. “Your servants’ children will have a good place to live and their children will be at home with you” (The Message). Even though everything we see around us will perish, there will be someplace even better. We will have a place to live, and we will be at home with our Father!
Father, I praise you for the promises of life everlasting and an infinite home in which we will live. Even though I have no idea what that will look like, I have faith that it will be even better than what I see this week. I have seen your beauty in ways that are unimaginable. All of the pictures I have seen cannot compare to the reality. Perhaps that is why you have not given us very many descriptions of what our Eternity Home will look like. It keeps our faith and imagination alive.
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.