Today is FRIDAY!! September 14, 2018. Day 22,100.
22 days until Galveston!!
“When we got into office, the thing that surprised me the most was that things were as bad as we’d been saying they were.” ~ John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963, The Quotations Page
The word for today is interregnum, “any period during which a state has no ruler or only a temporary executive.”
I spent some time, last night, working on music for both this Sunday’s worship gathering, and Saturday night’s Night of Worship (in Alvord, TX). I actually made a video recording of myself, playing and singing one of the songs and posted it on Facebook. I’m not sure if everyone will be able to see that, or just my “friends.”
The Red Sox gained win number 101 last night, beating the Blue Jays 4-3, again with the winning run being scored on an error! They are now 101-46. The Yankees did not play, so the Sox gain a half game on them, and are now 10.5 games up with a magic number of six to clinch their third consecutive division title. They begin a series with the Mets tonight, in Boston. Fifteen games left
The Rangers did not play last night. They begin a series in San Diego tonight. 62-84 with sixteen games left.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONS AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”
The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!
Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth.
He will drink from the brook by the way; therefore he will lift up his head.
As we consider the subject of “Unself-made,” Peterson takes a look at the state of things in America. His initial observation is, “Things are not going very well these days.” Remember, this book was written over thirty years ago! In spite of the fact that “the American government has been, many people think, the most successful combination of political freedom and responsibility that the world has yet seen,” in the words of Thomas Hardy, “After two thousand years of Christian mass/We’ve got as far as poison gas.” (The Complete Poems)
It appears that “the race is between bigotry and apathy.” But the truth is, something is, in fact, being done. “Great armies of people are out there teaching, healing, legislating, guiding, comforting, rehabilitating. Evil in both its obvious and subtle forms is being fought.”
This, however, does not always “bolster hope.” Many of the people who are trying to do good tend to be bad-tempered, abrasive, and self-righteous. “Plunging into the battle does not always bring the intended results. Sometimes our efforts make things worse. Sometimes they make us worse.”
If you asked the question, “What do we do?” you would get a variety of responses. Unfortunately, “pray” might be one of the lesser-stated responses. This doesn’t mean Christians don’t pray, but it means that most people don’t see it as “the central and essential action to remedy the mess that we are in. Prayer is understood rather as a private, ‘in-house’ activity. When it does occur in the public sector, it is ceremonial.”
If we study our history, we see that “Christians in other times and places have taken a decidedly different position.”
Father, I pray today, that we would begin to alter the way we think about prayer, and believe that it has a place in the public arena. Not that we intend to force anyone to pray that doesn’t want to! May it never be! But that we, as a Christian community, need to be seen praying for our nation, for our people, for our world! We need to come together in prayer, and not keep it tucked away in private. Help me to be in prayer, as well, throughout the day.
This morning, Father, I offer up a prayer for everyone who is in the path of Hurricane Florence. I ask that you would diminish the force of this storm, quickly, dissolving it in its path. I pray for safety and protection for anyone who might still be in its path. Show your power, O Lord!
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
Grace and peace, friends.