Today is Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Peace be with you!
And today is day 9862 for S!! That’s right! It’s her birthday!!!!
Nineteen days until Labor Day, our next US holiday.
As has been previously mentioned, today is the big day! S, our youngest daughter, turns 27 today. We hope to have a grand time with her today, as both of us have taken the day off.
For any who are not aware, S is autistic and continues to live at home with us. She is a sweet person, with a huge, caring heart.
After my doctor appointment at 9:00 AM, I’ll pick up our Sonic drinks, and will probably cook us some breakfast at home.
I’m not sure when the present-opening will happen. But at some point, this evening, we will order Mexican food from Martha’s, one of our favorite places that we haven’t been to in many months, and probably pick it up. I doubt we will try one of the food delivery services, but who knows.
I don’t know what else the day will hold. We had planned to go get mani/pedis, but S has trouble wearing a mask, so we won’t be doing that. I think C plans to give S a home nail job at some point, though.
I’d better pick up the pace, as I should leave the house in a little over a half hour.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
"Father, I abandon myself into your hands. Do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me and in all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul. I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father." Charles de Foucauld
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
(Psalms 96:2-3 ESV)
Today I am grateful:
- To be able to celebrate a birthday with S
- To have a day off in the middle of the week
- For the love of family, near and far
- That You are helping me love my “enemies”
- For Your never-ending love
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake!
(Psalms 79:9 ESV)
Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.
(Psalms 119:164 ESV)
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
(Psalms 89:14 ESV)
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”
(Luke 6:27-31 ESV)
A Psalm of David.
I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will make music. I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil. Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.
(Psalms 101:1-5 ESV)
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. May Your kingdom come, and Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
"Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Grant us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen." (The Divine Hours, The Prayer Appointed for the Week)
Time is up. I will apologize for the lack of depth/content in today’s blog, but I have not been wise with my time.
The Scriptures above, though, have become somewhat of a theme for me during this pandemic. Love your enemies, do good to those who mistreat you. Pray for those who disagree with you, politically. Be kind to those who disagree with you about whether we should wear masks or not (who ever thought that that would become the biggest fight of the year??).
“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”
That’s the big idea.
Father, help me to be obedient to these words, today and every day.
I pray for peace in our nation, peace in our world. I pray for racial injustice to end, and I pray for the pandemic to be over. Above all else, though, I pray for Your will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven. For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
(Psalms 19:14 ESV)
Grace and peace, friends.