Today is Sunday, the twenty-first of August, 2022, in the 21st week of Ordinary Time.
May the peace of Christ dwell within you today!
Day 23,537 (the number of days since I was born)
Our high temperature, yesterday, turned out to be well below the predicted high. We only hit 89 degrees. The forecast was for 96. It’s currently 77, this morning, but quite humid out there. I was outside double-checking air pressure in tires before our trip to Mineral Wells, and I was working up a little bit of a sweat. Supposedly, there was a tiny bit of rain at Meacham Field, but I don’t know if it rained any at our house or not. The record high for yesterday’s date is 108.
Looking forward, we still have five out of the next ten days predicted at below 90. The other five are either at 90 or 91.
The Texas Rangers managed to beat the Twins, last night, 4-3 in ten innings. This puts them at 54-66, still in third place in the AL West. They are 22 games out of first, and 10.5 out of a Wild Card spot. They play again, this afternoon, at 1:10 PM CDT.
The Red Sox beat the Orioles, also 4-3, last night. This puts them at 60-61, back within one game of .500. They keep bouncing around this point. They remain in last place in the AL East, thirteen games out of first place and five out of a Wild Card spot. They play the O’s again tonight, at 7:10 PM EDT, another ESPN game.
The Dodgers continue their roll, now at 83-36, for the best MLB record. The Nationals remain on the bottom, at 41-81. The Cardinals continue to streak, now having won six consecutive games. The Giants, unfortunately, also continue to streak, now having lost four straight games. The Dodgers have a +257 run differential, while the Nats are now at -208. The Rangers are back at -3, and the Red Sox are at -35.
We will be leaving for Mineral Wells at about 8:45, this morning, where we will attend worship at First Baptist Church. After that, we will have lunch at Taqueria La Estrella. Then we will drop Mama off at her house, and take S out to the home of the pastor of FBC, who has a horse, a donkey, and some rabbits, where S will have a chance (weather permitting) to interact with some furry friends.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
Dear Father in heaven, let our thoughts be filled with all that is honorable, just, pure, gracious, good, and praiseworthy. We want to await your Spirit, not giving way to anxiety, but showing ourselves worthy to be your children. We want to be your children, who can rise above even the most difficult conditions and maintain a quiet trust, to the glory of your Spirit within us. Protect us now and always in your divine peace. Amen. (Daily Prayer from Plough.com)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
(Philippians 4:8-9 NIV)
Today I am grateful:
1. that there are things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable, on which we can fix our minds and hearts 2. for the many blessings God has lavished on me and my family; in the words of David, "Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?" 3. for the intercession of the Holy Spirit when I don't know what to pray 4. that the Lord peaks to us in various ways; Father, help me to listen 5. for the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who was, who is, and who is to come
Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.
(1 Samuel 3:9 NIV)
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
(Romans 8:26 NIV)
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
(Isaiah 6:1-3 NIV)
“The brightest of living beings, they who are ever before and around and above the throne, find their glory in adoring and proclaiming the holiness of God. Surely for us too there can be no higher honor than to study and know, to worship and adore, and to proclaim and show forth the glory of the Thrice-Holy One.” (Andrew Murray)
The repetition of “holy,” three times, can have multiple meanings. For example, the Lord is often referred to as “Him who was and is and is to come.” But more than likely, it is in reference to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Godhead, three in one, the Holy Trinity. God, the Father, is “the Almighty: the Eternal Source.” We see “the present manifestation in the Son,” and “the future perfecting of the revelation of God in the Spirit’s work in His church.”
“Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God almighty! which was and is and is to come! I worship you as the Triune God. With face veiled and feet covered, I would bow in deep humility and silence, till your mercy lifts me as on eagles’ wings to behold your glory.” (Murray)
Father, may I be faithful to listen to me, and may I always be willing to, as Samuel, say, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Help me to also be faithful to always worship You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to be more humble in my attentiveness to You and Your ways. May we, Your people, never approach You flippantly, but always in awe, reverently, and in the proper kind of fear.
Even so, come soon, Lord Jesus!
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
(Psalms 16:11 ESV)
Grace and peace, friends.