Today is Friday, December 29, 2017. Day 21,841. The fifth day of Christmas.
Five golden rings, four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Only THREE days until 2018!!
Mary Tyler Moore, born on this date in 1936 (died 2017), said, “I’m not an actress who can create a character. I play me.”
The word of the day, from Merriam-Webster, is pooh-bah, a noun, meaning, “a person holding many public or private offices,” or, “a person in high position or of great influence.”
Today is Tick Tock Day. Tick Tock is the sound of this year rapidly rolling to an end.
I have to work four hours tomorrow and four hours Sunday, so I don’t know whether I will do blogs or not. If I do, they may wind up being in the afternoon.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
(From The Divine Hours)
Friday–Fourth Week of Advent
Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD, give praise, O servants of the LORD, who stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God! Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!
For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.
Then all mankind fears; they tell what God has brought about and ponder what he has done.
And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.
Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre! He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills. He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry. His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
My verse for this year has been Isaiah 41:10.
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
I will soon be choosing a new one. But this has been a good one. No doubt, you’ve seen it copied numerous times at the bottom of this blog. There have been many times, this year, when I have remembered this verse and taken both strength and comfort in it. God is with me, I will not be dismayed.
Father, thank you for being with me all the time. I confess that there have been many times when I have not acted as though you were with me. May I always remember this, and always act in the truth that you are present with me at all times, even in the very air that I breathe.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Grace and peace, friends.