Heal These Bones

Today is Monday, July 10, 2017. Day 21,669.

“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.” ― Anne Bradstreet
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The word of the day is madeleine, a noun, meaning, “A (kind of) small rich cake, in French cookery baked in a fluted tin, and in English cookery usually baked in a dariole mould and decorated with coconut and jam.” So what I’ve learned today is the reason for the name of the popular French pastry/sandwich shop, known as La Madeleine. Here is what madeleines look like.

Today is International Town Criers Day. “Hear, ye! Hear, ye!”

Yesterday was a pretty nice day. Our worship gathering went really well. I think we played pretty well, musically, especially considering that three of the four songs we did were not as familiar to us. In fact, two of them were new to us. I led “How Great Thou Art,” and we did Paul Baloche’s arrangement, which is more upbeat than traditional. It went so well that the worship leader asked if we could do it again next week.

We had lunch at Los Molcajetes, then headed home for an afternoon of watching TV, gaming, napping, and whatnot. A good day.

Back to work for us today. We’re still keeping a close eye on the cat wounds on my leg. Most of the scratch wounds are gone, as far as we can see, but the bite wound remains a concern. It hurts a little, this morning, but we are continuing the medications. All of the seeping fluids have stopped, though, so that’s good.

No band practice tonight. We are off until August 7, I think. First Monday in August, whatever that is.

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

. . . but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

I have another quote from C.S. Lewis. “Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future. Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment ‘as to the Lord.’ It is only our daily bread that we are encouraged to ask for. The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.” From The Weight of Glory

(From The Divine Hours)

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD.
Isaiah 1:18
Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 
Psalm 71:3
The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.
Psalm 12:6
“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
Psalm 12:5
Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. 
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 
give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Luke 6:36-38
He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. 
From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.
May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed!

Psalm 72:13-14, 17

(From Practice Resurrection)

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called . . . But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”
Ephesians 4:1, 7-8

“The letter is pure music. . . . What we read here is truth that sings, doctrine set to music . . . the most contemporary book in the Bible.” (John A. MacKay, God’s Order: The Ephesian Letter and the Present Time)

Chapter 2 of Practice Resurrection begins with Eugene H. Peterson’s own introduction to Ephesians, in The Message.

“What we know about God and what we do for God have a way of getting broken apart in our lives. The moment the organic unity of belief and behavior is damaged in any way, we are incapable of living out the full humanity for which we were created.

“Paul’s letter to the Ephesians joins together what has been torn apart in our sin-wrecked world. He begins with an exuberant exploration of what Christians believe about God, and then, like a surgeon skillfully setting a compound fracture, ‘sets’ this belief in God into our behavior before God so that the bones–belief and behavior–knit together and heal.

“Once our attention is called to it, we notice these fractures all over the place. There is hardly a bone in our bodies that has escaped injury, hardly a relationship in city or job, school or church, family or country, that isn’t out of joint or limping in pain. There is much work to be done.

“And so Paul goes to work. He ranges widely, from heaven to earth and back again, showing hoe Jesus, the Messiah is eternally and tirelessly bringing everything and everyone together. He also shows us that in addition to having this work done in and for us, we are participants in this most urgent work. Now that we know what is going on, that the energy of reconciliation is the dynamo at the heart of the universe, it is imperative that we join in vigorously and perseveringly, convinced that every detail in our lives contributes (or not) to what Paul describes as God’s plan worked out by Christ, ‘a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.'”

Father, I thank you that you have invited us to join you in this work. I thank you for the Church, for what it has meant to me for all of my life, and how, in many different ways, the local church has bonded together in support to hold me up in difficult times, and to do the same for others. Imperfect as we are, flawed as we are, broken as we are, when we stop “trying to do better,” and simply live by the words of our Savior, things do get better, we love each other better, and we grow together. You are life, Father, and I am committed to displaying life in the country of death.
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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