Today is Thursday, October 18, 2018.
35 days until Thanksgiving!
“Of those who say nothing, few are silent.”
The Quotations Page
The word of the day is cryonaut, “a person whose dead body has been preserved by the technique of cryonics.” I don’t know if it’s still true or not, but at one time Ted Williams was a cryonaut.
I did not stay up for the entire game, last night, but the Red Sox wound up beating the Astros 8-6. The game was not over until after midnight and ended on a spectacular catch by Andrew Benintendi. I am at the same time both glad I didn’t stay up and wishful that I had. But I would be running on less than five hours of sleep if I had, so it’s probably for the best.
Unfortunately, Houston fans will all be pointing at a controversial call by umpire Joe West, who called fan interference on what would have been a Jose Altuve two-run home run. Even as a Boston fan, I have to say it was iffy. Mookie Betts was reaching for the ball and probably would have caught it, but his glove hit several outstretched hands that were going for the home run ball. Did they reach over the yellow line? It’s very, very close. But he called it, it was reviewed by MLB and they upheld his call.
But in my mind, that sort of makes up for the call the night before where the ball very likely bounced off the old manual scoreboard before falling into the Houston player’s glove.
Anyway, Boston leads the series 3-1 going into tonight’s game, which begins at 7:09. In other news, the Dodgers beat the Brewers 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in that series. They are off tonight as the teams travel back to Milwaukee. I’m still hoping for a Red Sox/Brewers World Series.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
“O ye people of the God, bless ye the Lord;
O ye priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord;
O ye servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord;
praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye spirits and souls of the righteous, bless ye the Lord;
O ye holy and humble men of heart, bless ye the Lord.
Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
praise him and magnify him for ever.”
(The Book of Common Prayer, A Song of Creation, IV The People of God)
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
This is actually from yesterday’s Daily Guideposts reading. Julia Attaway gives us a somber reminder of how we need to hope in the Lord, no matter what. She has a family filled with dysfunction. The main body of this reading concerns her daughter who has mental health issues. I won’t go into the detail, but this is one of those readings, unusual as they may be, in which all is not well at the end of it.
We get a lot of stories where God fixed everything and all was well and good at the end. Everyone lives “happily ever after.” Those are certainly warm and fuzzy and leave us feeling good at the end (or, perhaps, slightly nauseated). Not this reading. This reading reeks of reality. Everything is not always resolved at the end of the day. Julia’s issues with her family were not “fixed” at the end of this reading. What was for sure, though, was her conclusion: “I had to figure out how I would go about loving God, serving Him, and trusting Him in the midst of it.”
You see, Julia did not blame God; she did not forsake God because He didn’t “fix” all her problems. She went on trusting Him in the midst of all of them. We don’t always get that miracle that we think we need. Our autistic children aren’t always miraculously healed so they can lead a “normal” life (whatever the heck that is). But what we who are His true children know and understand is that God is God, we are not, and He will always do what is best. He will also do what He said He will do, and we have to face the truth that that does not always involve giving us whatever we want or think we need.
God knows what we truly need, and He will always be faithful to provide that. And that is where we must turn our faces away from the circumstances that would threaten our peace. We must turn our faces toward the God of peace, who will give us that peace in spite of the circumstances. The circumstances will likely remain, but my mindset will be different. I will be able to say, as Dallas Willard once said, “The world is a perfectly safe place for us to be.”
Father, help us to take our eyes off of our difficult (or impossible, even) circumstances, today, and trust You. Help us to do this even when things don’t “get better.” If we but set our faces toward You, the difficulties will fade. They will still be there, but You are bigger, and You should take up more of our focus. Help me to trust You, serve You, and love You.
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.