Listening On the Journey

Today is Monday, February 11, 2019.

Day 22,250

TWO DAYS until Spring Training!!!!

“A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.”
Ludwig Erhard, German economist and politician, 1897-1977
The Quotations Page

The word of the day is jactance. It means, “boasting, vainglorious speaking.” (Oxford English Dictionary)

Let me say, right off the bat, that I forgot to call my mother yesterday. Shame on me. Almost worse, I remembered this at 3:30 AM during a brief moment of being awake. So I apologize to my mother, and will try to call tonight.

Otherwise, yesterday was a pretty good day. The worship gathering went quite well, in spite of being down one musician. The three of us seem to be playing pretty well together, these days, even if one of the three is missing. The message was also quite good, even if a bit complex. The central theme was the Trinity, so right there you know it was complicated.

Back to work today, the first day of a fairly busy week. The wedding rehearsal is Wednesday, followed by a rehearsal dinner, then the wedding is Friday evening, and will be followed by a reception. Thankfully, the next day is Saturday, and there are currently no plans for Saturday, as far as I know. The following Saturday (February 23) will be the first Night of Worship of 2019.

Oh, and I did not watch the Grammys. A number of years ago, I decided to no longer participate in watching over-paid celebrities pat each other on the backs. And that goes for all celebrity award shows.

All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

Then Hezekiah said, “You have now consecrated yourselves to the LORD. Come near; bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the house of the LORD.” And the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and all who were of a willing heart brought burnt offerings.
2 Chronicles 29:31

Today I am grateful:
1. For the opportunity this week to use my musical talents as a gift for some dear friends.
2. That my wife is willing (and almost eager) to trim my beard and hair for me, when needed.
3. That God is with me on my journey.
4. That, if I listen, I can hear Him speak to me (not necessarily audibly).
5. For God’s promise to never leave me.

Yours is the day, O God,
yours also the night;
you established the moon and the sun.
You fixed all the boundaries of the earth;
you made both summer and winter.

(The Book of Common Prayer, Psalm 74:15-16)

(From Faith That Matters)

Today’s reading is called “Listen For Him,” by Frederick Buechner.

Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.
Psalm 73:23

“The question is not whether the things that happened to you chance things or God’s things because, of course, they are both at once. There is no chance thing through which God cannot speak.” A walk that we have taken thousands of times. The drive from home to work that, some mornings, is taken with almost no knowledge at all. Seriously, have you ever gotten to work and found that you remembered literally nothing about the drive there? What about the times when you don’t even believe that God will speak to you? Says Buechner, “He speaks, I believe, and the words he speaks are incarnate in the flesh and blood of our selves and of our own footsore and sacred journeys.” Do we not listen because we are afraid of what we will hear? Are we afraid that we will near nothing at all, nothing “but the empty rattle of our own feet on the pavement?”

God promises that He is with us on our journeys, and that He has been with us since our journeys began. “Listen for him. Listen to the sweet and bitter airs of your present and your past for the sound of him.”

“To live without listening to the Lord is to live deaf to the fullness of the music of God.”

Father, we talked about this in our prayer time before our worship gathering, yesterday. Help me to listen for Your voice today. Tune my heart to hear Your words as I walk through this day in Your presence.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)

Soli Deo Gloria!


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