Today is Friday, July 28, 2017. Day 21,687. 22 days until S’s birthday!
“I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” ~ Fred Allen
The word of the day is ballon, a noun meaning, “the lightness and grace of movement that make a dancer appear buoyant.” It is a French word.
Today is Talk In An Elevator Day. The odds are that I will not be in an elevator today. But if you are, go ahead, I dare you.
We had a great time at our gathering last night. Lots of funny stories and laughter, as well as young boys playing with dry ice and water bottles. Did you know that if you put dry ice in an empty water bottle and put the lid on it, it will eventually explode? Anyway . . . C and I ordered Subway on line, payed with Paypal, and just walked in and picked it up. That is awesome!
Friday finally arrived. Of course, I’ll probably have to work late tonight. Oh, well.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
(From The Divine Hours)
The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me!
For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.”
Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute?
They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.
But the LORD has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.
He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the LORD our God will wipe them out.
(From The President’s Devotional)
Today’s reading is called “Obedience More than Sacrifice.”
And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.”
1 Samuel 15:22
“Use, do not abuse; the wise man arranged things so. I flee Epictetus and Petronius alike. Neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.” Voltaire, Sept Discours en Vers sur l’Homme
We often tend to go to extremes between sacrifice and indulgence. But “all God really wants is obedience.”
“The slow and steady work of right living. One foot in front of the other, pointed toward him.” A previous pastor of ours used to call it “the one percent grade.”
“Reading the Bible. Communicating daily with God. Loving our neighbor. Fulfilling our obligations.” God has planted seeds in our lives. When we water them with obedience, the harvest could surprise us.
“Dear God, let me not swing to the extremes of indulgence or sacrifice but instead remain steady on the path of obedience to your word. Amen.” (Joshua DuBois)
Yes, Father! Help me to be on a steady path of obedience, walking in your Kingdom, in the steps and words of Jesus. Most of all, help me to love my neighbor, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and everyone I meet. Once again, as yesterday, I pray that I might find you in the souls of those I meet today.
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.