Today is Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Day 21,740. 23 days until our 32nd anniversary!
Rich Mullins, who died on this date in 1997, said, “Having grown up Protestant, I was unfamiliar with St. Francis. Then I watched the movie ‘Brother Sun, Sister Moon’… I just became fascinated with the character of St. Francis. What I saw in that movie was a man who had fallen in love with God, someone for whom God was everything.”
Word of the Day
<em>Oceanicity ~ “the degree to which the climate of a place is influenced by the sea.”
Of course, today, somewhat famously, now, is Talk Like A Pirate Day. Although Dave Barry did not originate this “holiday,” apparently, we have him to thank for promoting it.
As noted above in the daily quote, today is the twentieth anniversary of the death of Rich Mullins, one of the greatest Christian songwriters of the late twentieth century. I will share my favorite song of his, which is actually two songs, from “The World As Best As I Remember It, Volume 1.” The video is made by someone else, just some pretty scenery and stuff.
C is still not feeling well, and is staying home from work today. The coughing is making her have a tough time sleeping. I don’t think she feels horrible, but the coughing and sneezing is bringing her down.
The Red Sox beat the Orioles, 10-8, in eleven innings, last night. The Yanks won, so no change in the standings, there. But the Twins lost, so everyone else gained a half game in the wild card standings. So the Rangers are 4.5 games out of the second wild card spot, and the elimination number is still nine. They have thirteen games left.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
(From The Divine Hours)
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah.
To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us.
I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.
And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the LORD; exult before him!
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
(From The President’s Devotional)
“Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies. Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors. If it may not, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath, and in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving to one another.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson, “For Success”
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
1Co 13:10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13
Father, give us love for each other, give us love for you, and help us to know your love for us.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Grace and peace, friends.