Grace

Today is Friday, June 9, 2017. Day 21,638. Our last full day in Oregon.

“Be careful that you do not write or paint anything that is not your own, that you don’t know in your own soul.” ~ Emily Carr
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The word of the day is squinny, “to look or peer with eyes partly closed: squint.”

Today is Donald Duck Day. It was either that or International Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day. Not terribly excited about either one. I’m not dissing the duck, mind you.

Yesterday was one of those days in which we didn’t do a whole lot. In fact, we really didn’t do enough even to write a whole blog post about. There aren’t even any new pictures, to speak of. We chilled at the house, not even going out for breakfast, until almost two o’clock in the afternoon. It was at that point that we decided to head south to Lincoln City to play at the Chinook Winds casino.

It was a beautiful drive, but then every drive up here has been beautiful. I mean, seriously, it is, quite literally, overwhelming. Anyway, we got to the casino, I don’t even remember what time. We all signed up for their “Winner’s Circle” card, which gave us a five-dollar bonus when we plugged it into a machine. We allotted $100 each to play with. We played for almost two hours, I think. I wound up way in the hole, spending my hundred, plus a $43 voucher that C had printed, as well as another twenty that she gave me. During that time, however, I cashed out on one machine, having just won a little over $50. On another machine, I played for quite a long time on the $43 that C had given me, but finally wound up losing it all.

C, on the other hand, finally cashed out with $100 winnings on one machine, so she broke even. Well . . . she actually came out ahead if you count the $43 that I lost!

The big winner of the day was S. She cashed out with $84 from one machine and $51 from another, for a total of $135! Plus, she still had twenty of her original hundred! So, all in all, as a group, we only lost $45. Not bad, I think! We’re letting S keep what she won.

On the way back home, we tried to stop at the Old Oregon Smokehouse for dinner, but they were closed. It was almost nine o’clock, so it was understandable, even though disappointing. We plan to have our last dinner there, tonight. We wound up going back to The Beach Bite, which also has the Mexican menu. I had more clam chowder (I believe I have had a cup of that every day of our vacation!), and a “nacho salad,” which is basically nachos with lettuce, tomato, guac, sour cream, and pico on top. It was delicious, but more than I could finish.

Today, we don’t have much planned. We’ll go get breakfast after I finish this, then C and I plan to drive back to Tillamook to visit the “Old Country Smoker” factory outlet. They specialize in jerky and smoked meats. We also plan a couple of side stops for pictures on the way back from Tillamook, around Garibaldi and the area where the Twin Rocks are closer. Then, as mentioned, dinner from the Old Oregon Smokehouse to finish things off.

I don’t know if I’ll have time to do a blog in the morning, or not. Our flight out leaves at around 1:30, so we need to be back at the Portland airport around 11:00, since we have to also turn in a rental car. That means we need to leave Rockaway Beach by 9:00 at the latest. That shouldn’t be a problem, as we have been waking up between 6:00 and 7:00 most mornings.

Monday morning, it’s going to feel like we’re getting up at 3:15. Ugh.

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

(From The Divine Hours)

Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.

Psalm 66:8-9
With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes.
Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O LORD, according to your justice give me life.

Psalm 119:145, 149
I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you.
For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

Psalm 56:11-12
But the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Psalm 147:11
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

(From The President’s Devotional)

In today’s reading, called “Great Grace,” Joshua DuBois simply quotes Acts 4:32-33.

Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.
And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.

He then prays this prayer: “Dear God, Like the early church, we pray for ‘great grace.’ We pray that your grace follows us wherever we go. To our work, and in our home. In community, and in our quiet moments.
“Like the earliest believers, let us come together and know your heart. And let ‘great grace’ be upon us today, upon us all. Amen.”

Father, I echo this prayer. Let us find your grace upon us all, most especially in the community of believers, when we gather and when we are apart from one another. May your grace saturate us, so that we know how important this thing called “church” is. Let us know your grace above all else. May we find it in our Savior, through the Holy Spirit, in Trinitarian communion.
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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