Today is Saturday, August 17, 2019. Blessings to you!!
Only TWO DAYS until S turns 26!!
I’m up quite early, this morning, as we get ready for Greg’s funeral. I’m to be at the church by 8:00 to set up my keyboard and get sound checks with the other folks who are playing/singing this morning. I’ve only been in that church auditorium once, so I really don’t know what kind of setup they have. Our main worship leader visited yesterday afternoon, and he said that the music minister has set up direct boxes and mic stands for us. A direct box is a connecting box that allows us to plug guitars and keyboards into microphone channels on a mixing board.
The funeral begins at 10:00. After the service at the church, we will be driving about an hour, up to Pilot Point, for the burial. Then, there is a meal that is being provided by the church, for the “family.” However, the family has invited all of The Exchange people to the meal.
The visitation last night was crowded. I’m not surprised, of course, after all of the testimonies to Greg on Facebook. For the whole time we were there, there was a line pretty much out the door of the funeral home, going into the room where the family was receiving people. We stood in the line for at least 30 minutes. The sweetest thing happened. While we were in line, a gentleman was talking to C and S, when he suddenly started beaming and said to S, “I know who you are! Greg talked about you all the time!”
There’s a hole in the world today.
This morning, I want to share a song that Greg introduced me to. He kept coming up to me after our worship gatherings and telling me that I needed to learn this song. I eventually did, and I am grateful to him for sharing it with me, because it is a great song. “Your Love Defends Me,” by Matt Maher.
The Texas Rangers did much better against the Twins, last night, but still wound up with a loss, 4-3. Mike Minor took the loss. The Rangers are now 60-62, in third place in the AL West (but in danger of dropping to fourth, soon), 17.5 games out of first place, and 10.5 games out of the wild card race. The elimination number is 23. The wild card elimination number is 30. They play the Twins again tonight, with Ariel Jurado starting. I’m not sure why they are still trying that. There are 40 games left.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles (as it should be), 9-1. Rick Porcello got the win for the Sox, who are now 65-59. They remain in third place in the AL East, 17 games out of first place and 6.5 out of the wild card race. The elimination number is 22. The wild card elimination number is 33. They play Baltimore again tonight, with Eduardo Rodriguez taking the mound. There are 38 games left.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!
Today I am grateful:
1. That I was privileged to call Greg Jordan “friend”
2. For the opportunity to honor him by celebrating his life today
3. That the Lord is my light and salvation, and I have nothing/no one to fear (Psalm 27:1)
4. That the Lord can (and will) turn our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11)
5. That God has not failed us and will not fail us
“Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget:
the homeless and the destitute,
the old and the sick,
and all who have none to care for them.
Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit,
and to turn their sorrow into joy.
Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son,
who for our sake become poor, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”
(The Book of Common Prayer, Prayers and Thanksgivings, 35. For the Poor and Neglected)
You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
I’m going to depart from my usual format and leave you with this. As we went through the line last night, and finally got up to Bliss, Jared, Jacob, and Lori, I felt compelled to say something to them. In fact, I had been rehearsing this “speech” in my head and heart all day. I said I wanted to tell them something. Looking at Jacob, I said, “I know you know this because you are the preacher. But sometimes, the preacher needs someone else to tell him something.”
Then, I said, to all of them, “God has not failed us! In spite of all the prayers I prayed and all the hopes I hoped, I refuse to believe that God has failed us.”
And he has not failed us. He will never fail us. He will, however, disappoint us. There’s a huge difference. Dallas Willard once said, “If you follow Jesus long enough, he will disappoint you.” And it’s true. Because God will not always give us what we want, will he?
Father, thank you for bringing me to a place where I can see that you have not failed us, and you never will. Help my desires be the same as your desires so I’m never disappointed. But also lift me up when I am disappointed, and show me where I went wrong. Thank you for your love and your grace and your mercy in all things.
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.