Overtaken

Today is Sunday, July 16, 2017. Day 21,675.

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
Psalm 95:1
Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.
Psalm 28:2
But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.
Habakkuk 2:20
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.
Psalm 118:26
And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 
And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 
I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 
If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 
The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 
For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. 
And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”

John 12:44-50
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 
Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

Psalm 119:103-104
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.

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your servant who calls upon you,
and grant that I may know and understand what things I ought to do,
and that I also may have the grace and power faithfully to accomplish them;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(From The President’s Devotional)

When Blessings Overtake

And if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2

I believe that we sometimes gloss over passages like this, not taking them at face value. Sure, these were words that were spoken directly to the children of Israel, during their wanderings in the wilderness. But what if they are true for me, too? Look at the words in verse two. The blessings of God will overtake you! “Out of nowhere. Overwhelming. Unexpected. In undeserved measure.”

What is our part in this? Obedience. Walking as closely to God as we can. Loving God and loving our neighbors. “Let’s reduce our fleshly desires and pray that the Spirit of God will increase within us.”

When we do these things, the blessings of God will “come upon” us, and “overtake” us!

Father, these words almost make me tremble. As I consider the thought that your words are ultimate truth, I sense a desire in my heart to be overtaken by your blessings. I pray for your Spirit to help me practice the disciplines that I need to practice, in order to walk more closely to you, walking in your Kingdom, in the “easy yoke” of Christ, that I might be overtaken. Teach me your ways, that I may walk in your truth!
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. 
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Psalm 25:4-5

Grace and peace, friends.

Grace

Today is Friday, June 9, 2017. Day 21,638. Our last full day in Oregon.

“Be careful that you do not write or paint anything that is not your own, that you don’t know in your own soul.” ~ Emily Carr
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The word of the day is squinny, “to look or peer with eyes partly closed: squint.”

Today is Donald Duck Day. It was either that or International Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day. Not terribly excited about either one. I’m not dissing the duck, mind you.

Yesterday was one of those days in which we didn’t do a whole lot. In fact, we really didn’t do enough even to write a whole blog post about. There aren’t even any new pictures, to speak of. We chilled at the house, not even going out for breakfast, until almost two o’clock in the afternoon. It was at that point that we decided to head south to Lincoln City to play at the Chinook Winds casino.

It was a beautiful drive, but then every drive up here has been beautiful. I mean, seriously, it is, quite literally, overwhelming. Anyway, we got to the casino, I don’t even remember what time. We all signed up for their “Winner’s Circle” card, which gave us a five-dollar bonus when we plugged it into a machine. We allotted $100 each to play with. We played for almost two hours, I think. I wound up way in the hole, spending my hundred, plus a $43 voucher that C had printed, as well as another twenty that she gave me. During that time, however, I cashed out on one machine, having just won a little over $50. On another machine, I played for quite a long time on the $43 that C had given me, but finally wound up losing it all.

C, on the other hand, finally cashed out with $100 winnings on one machine, so she broke even. Well . . . she actually came out ahead if you count the $43 that I lost!

The big winner of the day was S. She cashed out with $84 from one machine and $51 from another, for a total of $135! Plus, she still had twenty of her original hundred! So, all in all, as a group, we only lost $45. Not bad, I think! We’re letting S keep what she won.

On the way back home, we tried to stop at the Old Oregon Smokehouse for dinner, but they were closed. It was almost nine o’clock, so it was understandable, even though disappointing. We plan to have our last dinner there, tonight. We wound up going back to The Beach Bite, which also has the Mexican menu. I had more clam chowder (I believe I have had a cup of that every day of our vacation!), and a “nacho salad,” which is basically nachos with lettuce, tomato, guac, sour cream, and pico on top. It was delicious, but more than I could finish.

Today, we don’t have much planned. We’ll go get breakfast after I finish this, then C and I plan to drive back to Tillamook to visit the “Old Country Smoker” factory outlet. They specialize in jerky and smoked meats. We also plan a couple of side stops for pictures on the way back from Tillamook, around Garibaldi and the area where the Twin Rocks are closer. Then, as mentioned, dinner from the Old Oregon Smokehouse to finish things off.

I don’t know if I’ll have time to do a blog in the morning, or not. Our flight out leaves at around 1:30, so we need to be back at the Portland airport around 11:00, since we have to also turn in a rental car. That means we need to leave Rockaway Beach by 9:00 at the latest. That shouldn’t be a problem, as we have been waking up between 6:00 and 7:00 most mornings.

Monday morning, it’s going to feel like we’re getting up at 3:15. Ugh.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.

Psalm 66:8-9
With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes.
Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O LORD, according to your justice give me life.

Psalm 119:145, 149
I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you.
For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

Psalm 56:11-12
But the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Psalm 147:11
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

(From The President’s Devotional)

In today’s reading, called “Great Grace,” Joshua DuBois simply quotes Acts 4:32-33.

Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.
And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.

He then prays this prayer: “Dear God, Like the early church, we pray for ‘great grace.’ We pray that your grace follows us wherever we go. To our work, and in our home. In community, and in our quiet moments.
“Like the earliest believers, let us come together and know your heart. And let ‘great grace’ be upon us today, upon us all. Amen.”

Father, I echo this prayer. Let us find your grace upon us all, most especially in the community of believers, when we gather and when we are apart from one another. May your grace saturate us, so that we know how important this thing called “church” is. Let us know your grace above all else. May we find it in our Savior, through the Holy Spirit, in Trinitarian communion.
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.

On Seeking Recognition

Today is um . . . Tuesday! That’s it! Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Day 21,635.

“Nothing can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.” ~ Sidney J. Harris
The Quotations Page

Canarding ~ The action of playing a wind instrument in such a way as to produce a harsh sound like that of a duck.

Today is Applesauce Cake Day. That’s one way to get your fruits in. Jim Davis once said, “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”

I pretty much covered everything from yesterday in a previous post, so I won’t rehash any of that. I’ll see if I can add a picture, though.

That’s from my walk on the beach last night. Two seagulls were kind enough to pose for me in fairly close proximity.

After I finish this blog, we’ll probably get ready and hit the road back to Portland for some more adventuring. We plan to hit up Voodoo Doughnut and Salt and Straw ice cream, as well as Multnomah Falls. Should be a fun day.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD, give praise, O servants of the LORD,
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.

Psalm 135:1, 3, 5
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90:14
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah.

Psalm 50:2, 6
Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
Psalm 108:2
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
John 14:11
When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back.
The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.
What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back?
O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.

Psalm 114
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
The Gloria
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

(From The President’s Devotional)

Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
John 21:25

Along with Joshua DuBois, I, too, have always been fascinated by the last verse in the Gospel of John. What were these “many other things?” What else did Jesus do that we don’t know about? As humans, we always seem to want to be recognized for our deeds. We want them to be noticed, recorded, written down for posterity. “But even Christ himself did not think it was important to ensure that every good and holy act of His be recorded in history.” John tells us that there were many more that we’ll never know about.

This is an example for us to heed. Let us live our lives, living out the works of Jesus, walking in his steps, putting his words into practice in our lives. Let us not be concerned about our “legacy.” “History will take care of itself, and our unspoken, unrecorded works will have the impact intended for them.”

This is one reason that, for many years, I have been uncomfortable when people get called out for their good deeds, to be recognized in front of the whole church. I don’t even like it when someone gets up and boasts about something that the whole church did, such as providing stockpiles of food for a local school. We don’t need to boast. We just need to quietly do the things that Christ directs us to do, and leave the rest to God.

“Dear God let me tend to the tasks at hand, and let history take care of itself. Amen.” (Joshua DuBois)

Father, help me to care less about people knowing about anything that I do. Let me not seek recognition for the things that I do while following Christ.
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.

“It Is Your Face I Seek”

Today is Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Day 21,629. THREE days until our Oregon vacation!

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
The Quotations Page

Puffery ~ Undue or exaggerated praise.

For the lack of being able to find anything better, today is Senior Health and Fitness Day. So all you graduating seniors, get out there and be healthy today! Because I’m certain that’s what they mean, right?

Our bowling league begins tonight! The first night always begins with a meeting, which, in this case, begins at 5:45. So we’ll be loading both bowling bags in my car before we leave, this morning, and going straight to the bowling alley from work. We still haven’t worked out what we’ll do about dinner. The “food” at bowling alleys is never quite what you might consider “healthy.” I mean, it’s barely “food,” right? But the league won’t be over until at least 8:30, I’m sure, so we may have to eat something there. We’ll see. They frown upon us bringing outside food and beverages in the place.

The Rangers and Red Sox both won last night. The Rangers came back from behind to beat the Rays, and the Sox maintained a lead against the other Sox, giving Chris Sale his sixth win of the season. The Sox remain in second place, three games out, and the Rangers are also in second, tied with the Angels, eleven games out.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
Psalm 96:9
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah.
Psalm 67:1
Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.
Psalm 119:164
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
Psalm 25:8
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” 
Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

John 7:37-39
Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! 
For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!

Psalm 117

(From The President’s Devotional)

“Come now, little man,
turn aside for a while
from your daily employment,
escape for a moment
from the tumult of your thoughts.
Put aside your weighty cares,
let your burdensome distractions wait,
free yourself awhile for God
and rest awhile in him.
Enter the inner chamber of your soul,
shut out everything except God
and that which can help you in seeking him,
and when you have shut the door, seek him.
Now, my whole heart, say to God,
‘I seek your face, Lord,
it is your face I seek.'”
Anselm of Canterbury, in Theology for a Troubled Heart

Father, Help me to do exactly this during these morning times. Help me to put aside anything other than that which can help me in seeking you, and then, to simply see you with my whole heart. “It is your face, Lord, it is your face I seek.”
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.

Like An Anchor

Today is Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Day 21,628. FOUR days until our Oregon vacation!

“Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” ~ Satchel Paige
BrainyQuote

Keysmash ~ a random string of letters and symbols typed out on a keyboard or touchscreen, used to signal intense emotion in written communication. “A close relative of ‘I can’t even.'”

Mint Julep Day has rolled around for another year, and I still haven’t had one. Someday. Someday.

We got everything accomplished that was planned, yesterday. All two or three things. I got the car, bought the groceries, and C cleaned the house, trying to get it all nice and neat for the person who will be house-sitting next week while we are in Oregon.

Meanwhile, both the Rangers and Red Sox lost.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
Psalm 51:15
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
Psalm 119:18
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.
Psalm 86:12
For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?
Psalm 18:31
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
Matthew 7:15-20
Righteous are you, O LORD, and right are your rules. 
You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness and in all faithfulness. 
My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words. 
Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it. 
I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts. 
Your righteousness is righteous forever, and your law is true. 
Trouble and anguish have found me out, but your commandments are my delight. 
Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live. 

Psalm 119:137-144
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, grant me your peace.

Agnus Dei

(From The President’s Devotional)

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

Matthew 18:21-22

It is worth noting that in other translations, Jesus is said to have said, “Seventy times seven.” Either way, the point is clear.

Joshua DuBois writes of a story about Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross. It was said that she never held a grudge. One time, she met someone who had wronged her many years past. A friend asked her, “Clara, don’t you remember?” Clara replied, “No, I distinctly remember forgetting that.”

As followers of Jesus, we must “be intentional about forgiveness.” We cannot afford to allow a grudge to fester. It will only hurt us. “It will weigh down our souls like an anchor, preventing movement from darker waters into light.”

“Dear God, who do I need to forgive today? What old wrongs must I forget? Help me bring them into the light and throw them into the sea of forgetfulness, as you have done for me. Amen.” (Joshua DuBois)

Indeed, Father, help me to forgive any alleged wrongs against myself or someone I love. I know that it does no good to harbor grudges, yet my flesh always fights to do so. Give me your love toward all, and forgiveness toward all, no matter how serious the offense or how often it occurs. Help me to forgive as you have forgiven.
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.

On Being Right

Today is Thursday, May 25, 2017. Day 21,623. Nine days until our Oregon vacation!

“Everything popular is wrong.” ~ Oscar Wilde
From Brainy Quote

Chinwag ~ an idle chat; to chat idly; gossip.

Today is Towel Day. For those who are not “in the know,” this is a tribute to Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The first thing to remember is, of course, DON’T PANIC! The second thing is to always remember your towel.

C hasn’t been feeling well over the past couple of days. Both days, she set out for work and wound up coming back home. She thinks she’s feeling better this morning. She was having chills and a very low-grade fever (barely over normal, most of the time).

The Red Sox beat the Rangers again, last night, 9-4. Perhaps it would be better to say that Sam Dyson beat the Rangers. I’m not sure why they are still letting him pitch. If he hadn’t pitched, last night, the Rangers might have won that game. Of course, you never know. The Twins beat the Orioles, so the Sox are now only 3.5 games out of first. The Rangers are 7 out, behind the Astros, who remain the best team in baseball, for the time being.

We finally watched the two episodes of The Voice, from this week, including the finale. So we now know who won this season. I somehow managed to get all the way through yesterday without finding out. I was slightly disappointed, but not unhappy when Chris Blue won the competition, edging out Lauren Duski, who, in my opinion, is one of the best female country vocalists I have ever heard. And I don’t even like country music that much. All four contestants sang an original song that was written just for them. Lauren wrote hers, herself, and it was really good. I didn’t care for Chris’s original. As for the performances on Monday night, I think Jesse Larson’s were the best for that particular night. He and Adam Levine nailed Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” But Jesse came in fourth place, followed by the youngest to ever reach the finale, Aliyah Moulden.

Today would have been the 60th anniversary of my parents’ wedding day.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV, unless otherwise noted

Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. 
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! 
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.

Psalm 96:2-4
Answer me, O LORD, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
Psalm 69:16
The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation
Psalm 18:46
. . . who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke!
Psalm 104:32

(From The President’s Devotional)

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
1 Corinthians 8:9

Joshua DuBois says, “We can do anything today–and we’d probably be right.” We can probably back up our words with “unassailable facts and solid figures.” We might even be justified in the way we feel and/or act toward those who may have wronged us, and our judgments upon others might be justified, as well, “given their misdeeds.”

However, is being right always worth it? “Once we’ve summited the mountain of our own correctness, what great prize will we receive?”

The words of Maya Angelou, above, closely echo those of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians. There are times when how we make people feel will be much more important than whether or not we are right.

Dallas Willard once said, “One of the hardest things in the world is to be right and not hurt other people with it.”

“Dear God, let me put first things first–not my own ‘rightness’ but my love for you and others.” (Joshua DuBois)

Father, I echo this prayer. It’s not always important to be “right,” or to exercise our “rights.” Truthfully, if we are following Jesus, we have surrendered those rights, including the “right” to be “right.” Let me always consider others more than myself, Father, in my walk with Christ.
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.

The House of My Soul

Today is Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Day 21,622. Ten days until our Oregon vacation.

“I like to play blackjack. I’m not addicted to gambling, I’m addicted to sitting in a semi-circle.” ~ Mitch Hedberg (The Quotations Page)

Cantankerous ~ disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish.

Today is Brother’s Day. I don’t have one of those (not by blood, anyway). C doesn’t have one of those. Neither of our girls has a brother. But my mother has a brother. A twin, no less. If you have a brother, let him know you’re thinking about him today.

Not a lot to talk about this morning. The Red Sox beat the Rangers 11-6, last night. I was able to watch part of it, before the DVR kicked us off of live TV. I’m not a big fan of Charter’s DVR, but it’s who we have, right now, so I’ll just have to live with it.

So far, this morning, I have managed to avoid finding out who won The Voice last night. If we can both make it through the day without finding out, we will likely watch the finale tonight.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
Psalm 96:9
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah.
Psalm 67:1
Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.
Psalm 119:164
Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
Psalm 25:8
Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! 
For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!

Psalm 117
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, grant me your peace.

O Lord, the house of my soul is narrow;
enlarge it, that you may enter in.
It is ruinous, O repair it!
It displeases your sight; I confess it, I know.
But who shall cleanse it, or to whom shall I cry but unto you?
Cleanse me from my secret faults, Lord,
and spare your servant from strange sins.
(Augustine of Hippo, in Living and Praying in Jesus’ Name)
(From The President’s Devotional)

Father, what a beautiful prayer from Augustine! There are definitely times when I feel the same way, that the house of my soul is ruinous and needs so much cleaning. Indeed, to whom shall I turn but to you, for you are the only one who can truly cleanse me. Keep cleansing me, Father, by the blood of your Son and the power of your Spirit. May the Holy Trinity be active in my life today!
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.