Today is Saturday, December 30, 2017. Day 21,842.
The sixth day of Christmas. Six geese a-layin’, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Two more days until 2018!
Davy Jones, born on this date in 1945 (died 2012), said, “Wherever I go, people still shout out: ‘Hey, hey, we’re The Monkees.’ And I never tire of that.”
The word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is whoop-de-do, a noun, meaning, “lively and noisy festivities; merrymaking.”
Today is Bacon Day. I will do my best to have some.
So, yes, I’m up. I had the alarm set for 6:30, fully prepared to do this after I get home from work, but I woke up at 5:20 and decided to get up.
It’s going to be gradually getting colder today, as the cold front moves in. It’s currently 46, which is the high for the day. Tomorrow’s high is 38, and Monday’s (New Year’s Day) will be 29. Fortunately, we weren’t planning on going anywhere for New Year’s Day.
C went to bed early, last night, with a sore throat. I’m hoping she feels better today.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
Interestingly, somehow, this Saturday got left out of the Divine Hours. It skips from Friday in the fourth week of Advent to the first Sunday in January. I’m not planning on using Divine Hours in 2018, so I guess I’m done with those for now. So I will read one of the Psalms, this morning.
Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come. When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions. Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy. You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
I’m not using the reading from Daily Guideposts, this morning, but the Scripture references give me something to ponder. I’m kind of working them backwards, too.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
I believe this is a good verse to meditate on, at the beginning of a new year. It seems negative, at first, but I don’t find it so. Every year, people make all these declarations about what they are going to accomplish in the new year. Projects to complete, places to go, goals to accomplish, things to do. But, truthfully, none of us have a clue what 2018 will bring. In reality, we do not even know we will be alive in two days. For a number of years, I have been using a phrase that I once heard a sportscaster on a Christian radio station use: “If the Lord says so, too.”
The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
In light of the verses from James, these seem like a logical continuation. And, if you notice, I’ve included the last phrase from verse 5, which I realized not too long ago, belong to the sentence in verse 6. Because “the Lord is at hand,” we can continue with verses 6 and 7. And the Lord is most definitely at hand, as he is everywhere; his presence is with us every second of every day. Therefore, we have no reason to be anxious about anything.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Because the Lord is at hand, he is a hiding place for us, a refuge. We can be confident of his protection and preservation. And we can count on his instruction, if we but pay attention and be willing students/disciples.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Finally, I think, the most powerful of this little group. My God’s love and mercy never cease, never come to an end. “They are new every morning.” Not just at the beginning of every year; every morning! So, while the beginning of a new year is significant, let us not lose the significance of each new day!
Oh, my God, great is your faithfulness!! I praise you for your compassion, your mercies, your steadfast love that is new every morning. Make me aware of this the moment I wake up every morning, and even during the watches of the night, when I, at times awake! You are faithful; you are near; you are able; you are good! Thank you for these meditations, this morning, and may they stay with me throughout this day.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Grace and peace, friends.