Today is Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Day 21,719. Six days until the Labor Day holiday!
Temple Grandin, who is 70 today, said, “Autism is a neurological disorder. It’s not caused by bad parenting. It’s caused by, you know, abnormal development in the brain. The emotional circuits in the brain are abnormal. And there also are differences in the white matter, which is the brain’s computer cables that hook up the different brain departments.”
Word of the Day
Coalesce ~ “to grow together; to unite into a whole; to unite for a common end; join forces.”
Today is According to Hoyle Day. Edmond Hoyle was best known for his books on rules for a variety of card games. My parents had one of his books, when I was growing up, and I used to love to read through it. Hoyle died on this date in 1769.
There isn’t much going on around here, right now, but even if there was, it would pale in comparison to what is going on in southeast Texas. I haven’t mentioned it, yet, but Hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas on, I believe, Thursday or Friday night. Rockport and other coastal towns got hit pretty hard, but Houston is suffering the brunt of what is now a tropical storm, and seems to be pretty much camped out over Harris County, dumping billions of gallons of water on it. And it doesn’t look like Harvey will be leaving the area until at least Thursday of this week. My family and I are okay, as we live in the DFW Metroplex, which is about 250 miles north of there. We’ve gotten a little rain and some cloudy days, that’s pretty much it. But it’s still raining in Houston, and much of the city is underwater, in some places so high that trucks are underwater. If you are the praying type, you might want to send up a prayer for the rain to stop. There are a number of brave volunteers who are sacrificing to go out and help rescue people who are stranded in their homes. The death toll from the storm is between seven and fifteen, depending on which news you look at. In my opinion, that’s pretty miraculous that it’s that low. Any number is too high, of course.
And while all this is going on, I have Facebook friends who can’t seem to care about anything but whether some stupid football players stand up for the National Anthem. I just don’t understand some people.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
(From The Divine Hours)
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.
I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
“For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,
from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me.
(From Living the Message)
The Twenty-four Elders and the Four Animals fell to their knees and worshiped God on his Throne, praising, Amen! Yes! Hallelujah!
Revelation 19:4 (The Message)
John spends a lot of time, in this last book of the Bible, describing scenes of worship in heaven. It might lead one to believe that worship is kind of important. I have believed, for decades, that it is the most important thing we, as followers of Christ, can do. Some believe evangelism is most important; others believe making disciples is more important (no, they are not the same thing). However, as Jesus gave the most important command as loving God with all of our being (heart, soul, mind, and strength), I believe with all my heart that this embodies worship. This helps us keep our focus on what is right in this life. If we are worshiping God, everything else that we should be doing will fall into place.
Father, help me to worship you more. I have, it seems, rather fallen out of this practice. Not that I don’t worship you, but the passion seems to be missing. I implore you, please restore the passion of worship that I once had in my life. Teach me your way, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. Show me the path, make it clear to me, and then help me to keep my feet on it.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Grace and peace, friends.