It is Saturday, March 10, 2018. Day 21,912.
Three days until I turn 60.
Terry Pratchett (not his birthday), said, “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” (The Quotations Page)
The word for today is krummholz, a noun which means, “a forest of stunted trees near the timber line on a mountain.”
On a whim, yesterday, I decided that I need to take the whole week off to celebrate this birthday. You only turn 60 once, right? So I consulted with my boss-man, who had no objections, as there was no one else on the calendar for the rest of the week, and I have available PTO. C will only be off Monday and Tuesday, so I will be spending a lot of time playing games, and, perhaps, watching Netflix. Or maybe I’ll get some music projects jump-started, as well. S is pretty excited about that. She just likes having someone home with her. Not to mention someone who will bring her food. Haha!
There will be no blog entry tomorrow, Monday, or Tuesday, as I will not have a ‘puter with me on the trip to Glen Rose. One year I tried doing the blog on my iPhone. That’s not gonna happen again. 😀
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
For it is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me— then I could hide from him.
But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend.
We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng.
Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
But I call to God, and the LORD will save me.
Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.
He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.
God will give ear and humble them, he who is enthroned from of old, Selah. because they do not change and do not fear God.
My companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant.
His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.
Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.
David describes the bitter taste of betrayal in this Psalm. But in his bitterness, he turns to the correct source for vindication/comfort. God will sustain us in the most trying of times, even when a dear friend betrays us. And we do well to allow him to handle any thoughts of revenge.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” This is getting more difficult, isn’t it? It’s getting to the point where it is almost impossible to live in peace with other believers, when they insist on being so politically charged. There is such a prevalent attitude that anyone who disagrees with you on guns or anything else political is just a moron. We can’t seem to have intelligent conversations about anything. I’m reminded of a meme.
Which is why I usually don’t. But my opinion is that I should do everything in my power to live peaceably with all. And my opinion is that that is not just an “opinion,” but, rather, a command from God. Now, I realize that Paul says, “If possible.” But I sincerely believe that a lot of people use that as a loophole and maintain that it is impossible to live peaceably with someone who disagrees with them. Because, after all, if you don’t agree with me, you must be a moron.
(That was, in case you don’t know, sarcasm.)
Father, I pray for more peace between brothers and sisters in Christ. Especially in our country, there seems to be a lot of discord, right now. I pray that brothers and sisters will realize that politics is not worthy of their extreme devotion, and that there is no man who is going to save us from anything. May we all be more faithful to keep our eyes and hearts focused on you in Christ, meditating on and listening to your words. And lest I fall into the trap, my prayer is for me more than anyone else.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22
Grace and peace, friends.