Today is Friday, May 25, 2018. Day 21,988.
Three days until Memorial Day!
If my math is correct, today would be my parents’ 61st wedding anniversary. My father passed just over three years ago.
It’s the birthday of W.P. Kinsella, author of Field of Dreams (1935-2016). He said, “Find something that thrills you, and when you finish reading it for enjoyment, read it again line by line, paragraph by paragraph to see what you liked about it. (BrainyQuote)
The word for today is pasquinade, a noun which means, “a satire or lampoon, especially one posted in a public place.”
We managed to get to the Y last night. I didn’t really feel like going, but I went anyway. I walked on the treadmill, but not too vigorously. Enough to get a decent workout, though. For some reason, I just didn’t have a lot of energy. I’m okay, though. I feel better this morning.
It wasn’t a good baseball night. The Red Sox lost to the Rays, 6-3, making their record 34-16. The Yankees didn’t play, so there was only a half game change. The Sox remain one game up in the AL East, and in MLB as a whole. They begin a series with the Braves, tonight, at Fenway. Could be tough, as the Braves are pretty hot, right now. However, the Sox have a pretty good record against NL teams, I believe.
The Rangers lost 8-2 to the Royals. So figure this out. They just performed majestically against the team that was the best team in baseball when they arrived in Texas. But thanks to the Rangers, the Yankees are now in second place. Then the Royals come to town. Before last night, the Royals were the second worst team in baseball. The Rangers were behind 8-0 at one point in the game. Once again, I will say how much this reminds me of Rangers teams from the seventies. They couldn’t beat the teams who were as bad or worse than they were, but could beat the teams that were having a great year. I don’t get it. Anyway, their record is now 20-32, and they are 13.5 games behind the Astros in the AL West. They continue the carnage with the Royals tonight.
The Orioles remain the worst team in baseball, followed closely by the White Sox, then the Royals. The Reds are fourth from the bottom, and the Rangers have now moved into fifth from the worst.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD.
Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to you!
Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress! Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call!
For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace.
My heart is struck down like grass and has withered; I forget to eat my bread.
Because of my loud groaning my bones cling to my flesh.
I am like a desert owl of the wilderness, like an owl of the waste places;
I lie awake; I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
All the day my enemies taunt me; those who deride me use my name for a curse.
For I eat ashes like bread and mingle tears with my drink,
because of your indignation and anger; for you have taken me up and thrown me down.
My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass.
This is one of those Psalms that starts out depressing, but then gets better. As it continues tomorrow, we will see a shift to the positive, which is typical in these Psalms. The writer may have complaints, but seldom leaves it in that mode. Almost always, they end in praise and/or thanksgiving. We can learn a lot from Psalms like this one. It is perfectly acceptable to pour out our complaints to God. But we need to remember to not stop with that.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Karen Valentin, in Daily Guideposts 2018, reminds us of the importance of using our gifts and letting our light shine.
She was playing guitar and singing for a children’s birthday part in Central Park when she noticed one particular girl watching her with great attention. As the music portion ended, Karen set up her face-painting table. The little girl was the last one to sit down, and asked for a butterfly to be painted on her face.
The girl’s parents watched in amazement as she allowed Karen to paint her face. At that point, they revealed that the girl was on the autism spectrum, and never allowed anyone to touch her face.
Use the gifts that God has given you. Don’t hide them. You never know when they will touch someone deeply.
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'”
Father, may I never shy away from an opportunity to use the gifts that you have given me.
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.