Blessings to you. Today is Sunday, June 23, 2019.
Eleven days until July 4
Quote of the Day
“Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?”
M.C. Escher, Dutch artist, 1898-1972
Word of the Day
demur ~ to make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object. (Dictionary.com)
We had a wonderful day, yesterday. The drive to and from Mineral Wells was nice, and C got to drive the new car. After arriving at my mother’s, we went to Dairy Mart for burgers, then went to the Crazy Water store, where I bought a couple of cases of #4, and an assortment of nuts. My mother bought a little four-pack of single serve bottles, one of each strength. Then we went to the 76067 Market, downtown, where we wandered around for a little while, then went to their “Coffee and Cocktails” shop for some refreshment. It was a lovely day.
We are getting ready for our worship gathering, this morning. We worship with The Exchange Church, which meets at the Northpark YMCA, at 9100 N. Beach Street, in Fort Worth, Texas. We are “gathered” today, and our gathering begins at 10:15.
The Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5, last night. Lance Lynn got his ninth win of the season. The Rangers are now 41-36, in second place in the AL West, 6.5 games behind the Astros, who have now lost seven games in a row. They play the White Sox again today, with Adrian Sampson taking the mound.
The Boston Red Sox lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-7. Matt Barnes took the loss, as they gave up seven runs between two late innings. The Sox are 42-36, in third place in the AL East, eight games behind the Yankees. They are still in the second wild card spot. They play the Jays again today, with Rick Porcello taking the mound for Boston.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Today I am grateful:
1. For the weekly opportunity to worship together with our church family, as well as “all the saints” in other locations
2. For the promise of learning more about hearing from God
3. That as we cling to our Lord, we are able to share comfort and peace with others who suffer loss (2 Corinthians 1)
4. For the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three-in-one
5. For the promise that the brokenness of creation will one day be healed
“O Lord, we beseech thee, make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name, for thou never failest to help and govern those whom thou hast set upon the sure foundation of thy loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”
(The Book of Common Prayer, Proper 7)
(From Faith That Matters)
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Today’s reading is “Broken by the Fall, Awaiting Deliverance,” by A.W. Tozer.
“Many through the centuries have declared themselves unable to believe in the basic wisdom of a world wherein so much appears to be so wrong.” In addition, I have heard many people declare that they are unable to believe in a God who allows so much trouble and pain in the world. “But the Christian view of life is altogether more realistic: this is not at the present moment the best of all possible worlds, but one lying under the shadow of a huge calamity, the fall of man. The inspired writers insist that a whole creation now groans and travails under the mighty shock of the fall.
“But there is hope in all our tears. When the hour of Christ’s triumph arrives, the suffering world will be brought out into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.” People often speak of a “golden age.” When they do, they are being romantically nostalgic of an era long gone. The fifties perhaps. Who knows? “For men of the new creation the golden age is not past but future, and when it is ushered in, a wondering universe will see that God has indeed abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence. In the meantime we rest our hope in the only wise God, our Savior, and wait with patience the slow development of his benign purposes.”
I have, just as I’m sure you have experienced the brokenness of creation. I won’t go into personal details, but I have experienced heartache, trouble, loss, and pain. So has everyone. These are the symptoms of a broken creation. We wait, sometimes not so patiently, but we wait. We wait for God to send Jesus back to right all the wrongs and usher in a “new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21). We are confident that this day will come.
Father, when the trouble and pain comes, remind us that all things are being made new, and that, eventually, the brokenness of this world will be reconciled and healed as Jesus reigns for ever. Thank you, Lord. Give us patience and confidence as we wait.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)
Grace and peace, friends.