Today is Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Day 21,789.
Five days until C’s birthday!
Joni Mitchell, who was born on this date in 1943, said, “Rachmaninoff made a musician out of me. His ‘Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini’ was the piece that sent me into raptures. It spoke to me. To me, it was a tender entreaty for the misunderstood.”
The word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is logrolling, a noun, meaning, “the exchange of support or favors, especially by legislators for mutual political gain as by voting for each other’s bills.” Also, “cronyism or mutual favoritism among writers, editors, or critics, as in the form of reciprocal flattering reviews; back scratching.”
Today is Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day. I could definitely get into some of that, for sure.
There’s not much news concerning C’s recover. The physical therapist never showed up, yesterday, calling to say that she had gotten stuck in traffic in Dallas, and wouldn’t make it until today. She is planning to come Saturday to make up for it. In the meantime, C still has that low-grade, fluctuating fever, and feels achy part of the time. She is also about to run out of the pain pills, which makes me wonder if they thought she shouldn’t need any more after five days or a week. Mobility seems to be increasing, though, which is good. But she still has quite a large bruise on her thigh and a good deal of swelling in that leg.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
(From The Divine Hours)
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!
I hate the double-minded, but I love your law.
“Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”
I hate the double-minded, but I love your law.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
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.
The Lord’s Prayer
I wanted to share a brief quote from C.S. Lewis, this morning, regarding prayer. This quote gets to the heart of the Trinitarian nature of prayer.
“An ordinary simple Christian kneels down to say his prayers. He is trying to get into touch with God. But if he is a Christian he knows that what is prompting him to pray is also God: God, so to speak, inside him. But he also knows that all his real knowledge of God comes through Christ, the Man who was God—that Christ is standing beside him, helping him to pray, praying for him. You see what is happening. God is the thing to which he is praying—the goal he is trying to reach. God is also the thing inside him which is pushing him on—the motive power. God is also the road or bridge along which he is being pushed to that goal. So that the whole threefold life of the three-personal Being is actually going on in that ordinary little bed- room where an ordinary man is saying his prayers. The man is being caught up into the higher kinds of life—what I called Zoe or spiritual life: he is being pulled into God, by God, while still remaining himself.”
From Mere Christianity
And then, also regarding prayer, Eugene H. Peterson says:
“All prayer finally, in one way or another, becomes praise. Psalm 150 is deliberately placed as the concluding prayer of the church’s book of prayers. No matter how much we suffer, no matter our doubts–everything finds its way into praise, the final consummating prayer. This is not to say that other prayers are inferior to praise, only that all prayer, pursued far enough, becomes praise.”
From Living the Message
Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
Father, help my prayers to become praise today. There is so much on my mind and heart, and I confess that, during my work day, yesterday, I had feelings of being overwhelmed, and forgot to consider your presence with me throughout the day. The neglect of your presence had a negative impact on my day. It’s not that you weren’t there, because you were. I just forgot about it. Help me to remember that today, no matter what may come.
I also pray for C’s recover, that things will begin to feel better for her. I thank you for the positive things so far.
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.