Today is Wednesday, October 27, 2018.
28 days until Fallout 76!!
“There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.”
Sir Francis Bacon, English author, courtier, and philosopher, 1561-1626
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The word of the day is thunderstone, “any of various stones or fossils formerly thought to be fallen thunderbolts.” Seriously??
I wasn’t sure what to expect upon returning to work, so I wasn’t disappointed. I’m still pretty far behind, but managed to keep mostly calm most of the day. I’m trying to keep working things in FIFO (first in, first out) order, but if people contact me about their stuff, I’ll try to go ahead and get to it. The day wasn’t overly hectic, though. One funny thing . . . we have a daily “stand-up meeting” at 11:45. I completely forgot to go to it. Nobody said anything to me, though. Maybe I’ll “forget” again. Haha. Everyone who knows me knows how much I don’t like meetings. They’re a complete waste of time.
Now on to the important news. The Red Sox handed a solid beating to the Astros last night in game three of the ALCS, thanks to a towering solo home run by Steve Pearce, and a late inning grand slam by Jackie Bradley, Jr. The Sox won 8-2, to take the lead in the series, 2-1. That game lasted four hours, though. I’m glad it started at 4:00-ish yesterday afternoon. Tonight’s game is supposed to start at 7:39. I may not be able to stay up for the whole game if it takes that long again.
The Dodgers beat the Brewers 2-1 in thirteen innings to tie that series 2-2. They have the four o’clock game today.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
“O let the earth bless the Lord;
O ye mountains and hills, bless ye the Lord;
O all ye green things upon the earth, bless ye the Lord;
praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye wells, bless ye the Lord;
O ye seas and floods, bless ye the Lord;
O ye whales and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord;
praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye fowls of the air, bless ye the Lord;
O all ye beasts and cattle, bless ye the Lord;
O ye children of men, bless ye the Lord;
praise him and magnify him for ever.”
(The Book of Common Prayer, A Song of Creation, III The Earth and its Creatures)
And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
This scene occurs immediately after the transfiguration of Jesus. The thing that I want to focus on is those three little words that the voice from the cloud says. “Listen to him.”
In that voice, God says of Jesus, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
These are words that we need to heed. We need to spend more time listening to Jesus. That doesn’t mean that we only need to read the “red letters.” But it sure wouldn’t hurt us to focus a little bit more on those. As time goes by, theology gets weaker; people aren’t reading the Bible as much; people don’t even know what Jesus said. How can we claim His name and not know His teachings? There are some radical, revolutionary teachings in the New Testament, especially in the words of Jesus. We definitely need to spend more time listening to Him.
Here are some great examples:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
This is the great and first commandment.
And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
That seems like a good place to start.
Father, help me to listen to Jesus today. As I go through my day, dealing with all the problems that come up in my job, help me to listen first to Jesus, then to others. Help me to love You with all my being, then love people around me as myself, then, most importantly, to love Your children the way Jesus has loved me.
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.