This Is the Way; Walk In It

Good morning. Today is Tuesday, the ninth of November, 2021.

Peace be with you!

Day 23,252

Three days until C’s birthday!

Not a lot has happened, to speak of, since I finished yesterday’s blog. We did have a pool guy come and look at our panels to see why the indoor panel wasn’t connecting properly with the outside panel. Turns out that connection isn’t really “wireless” like we thought it was. And the wire that connects the two is pretty much shot. About two feet of the wire is exposed, as it comes out of a plastic conduit to attach to the outdoor box, and that has had sunlight exposure for, oh, around twenty years, now. Ironically, after the guy left, I went to the back door to look at the inside panel, and it was, once again, connected. He must have wiggled the wire or something.

Anyway, we have a few options, and he is going to get us estimates on all of them. Well, not the first option . . . I think we have ruled out trying to “fish” a new wire all the way through all of that conduit and down through the wall at the back door. That would be very difficult, and might not work at all. The other options, though, involve attaching an antenna to the box outside, and either having a remote in the house or using phone apps to control the equipment. I think my first choice would be the phone app. There might actually be an option that enables both the remote and the phones. He’s going to check on that, too.

After some careful thought, I decided, yesterday evening, to go back and revise my answers on my WW app. I decided to tell it that I am not “living with” type 2 diabetes. And, in truth, I don’t believe that to be false. I’m not “living with it.” It is controlled, quite well. In fact, just two days ago, my glucose reading was below 80, which is actually below recommended levels before eating breakfast. Anyway, what this did was lower my daily allotment of points down to 25, but allow me to, once again, have fruit at zero points. I still get avocados at zero points, too! One thing that seems true, across the board, though, is that tuna is no longer zero for any of us. That’s sad, because we eat a lot of tuna. But it is still very low in points, a whole twelve-ounce can (nine ounces after draining) comes in at only three points. And my black-eyed peas are still zero points, so one of my favorite lunches is still very low in points. Yes. I mix black-eyed peas and tuna. Don’t judge until you’ve tried it.

Today is my half day at work, from 4:15-8:15, this evening. I plan to head up to a grocery store, right after I finish this, to get more (you guessed it) bananas and grapes. Then I’m going to get Subway for lunch for us (C works from home today). That way S can have the second half of her ham sandwich for dinner tonight, and C can do whatever she wants, and I will throw something together after I get home. I won’t be staying up too late tonight, as I work again, full shift tomorrow, 9:15-6:15.

I am still currently reading The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life, by Robert E. Webber. It’s slow going, as it is rather dense. But it is interesting, and I believe it will be, in the long run, helpful.

Today is World Freedom Day, commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain. “If you don’t know what it means to be afraid to voice your opinion, then you can consider yourself very lucky to live in a place where liberty is a priority as well as a basic human right. And like all good things, liberty should be celebrated, and that’s what World Freedom Day is all about.”

The word for today is serein, “fine rain falling after sunset from a sky in which no clouds are visible.” I just realized that my “word of the day” link is a day behind, but I don’t really care. I don’t think I have ever experienced, or at least noticed serein.

Today’s quote is from Edith Wharton, an American author. “True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.”

Birthdays for November 9:

Gail Borden, American manufacturer, inventor of condensed milk, 1801-1874
Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress (Samson & Delilah) and inventor (radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes), 1914-2000
Whitey Herzog, American baseball manager, 1931 (90)
Carl Sagan, American astronomer, 1934-1996
Bob Gibson, American HoF baseball pitcher, 1935-2020
Mary Travers, American folk singer (Peter, Paul and Mary), 1936-2009
Tom Fogerty, American musician, brother of John (Creedence Clearwater Revival), 1941-1990
Susan Tedeschi, American blues musician (Tedeschi Trucks Band), 1970 (51)
Tom Fogarty played rhythm guitar
Susan Tedeschi, singer. Married to Derek Trucks, the guitar player next to her. He is the nephew of Butch Trucks, founding member of the Allman Brothers Band.


The Morning Moon, by Daryl Madden

A page of life
Will be here soon
A prayer within
The morning moon

A being of
Two sides to see
An offer here
Which will I be?

To let the dark
Now fade away
Rejoice within
The light this day

Still the silence
Of the soul
Align my will
To Your control

As birds prepare
Their symphony
Lord let my song
Be one with Thee

You will say in that day:
“I will give thanks to you, O LORD,
for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
that you might comfort me.”
(Isaiah 12:1 ESV)

Today I am grateful:

1. for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which is what turned Your wrath away from us
2. for the nice weather we have been having, lately
3. that our Teacher, the Holy Spirit, is not hidden from us; He is always there, telling us which way to walk
4. that You, in Your longing to be gracious to us, have arisen and shown compassion upon us
5. for Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Scriptures and Prayers from Seeking God’s Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year



Come to me,
all who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
(Matthew 11:28 ESV)

As I pause during this quiet moment, I reflect on the propitiation of Christ, and its effect on God’s wrath for sin.


A song of ascents.

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.

The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
their hands to do evil.

LORD, do good to those who are good,
to those who are upright in heart.
But those who turn to crooked ways
the LORD will banish with the evildoers.
Peace be on Israel.
(Psalms 125:1-5 NIV)


This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it.”
(Isaiah 30:15 NIV)

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
(Isaiah 30:18-21 NIV)


As I remind myself that I am in the presence of the Lord, I read over these passages again, noticing how the Lord might be speaking to me through them. I will dwell, briefly, in meditation, over any word or phrase that jumps out at me. I will contemplate the wonderful truth found therein, praying my thoughts to God, my life to Him. I will take refreshment in His presence.

The comparison of us who trust in the Lord to Mount Zion, “which cannot be shaken but endures forever,” is huge. Who among us has been “shaken?” And what does that mean?

The Hebrew word in that verse is translated “removed” in the KJV. I think “removed” carries a little bit better connotation than “shaken.” In terms of my faith, I have certainly been “shaken,” many times in my life.

But I have not EVER been “removed!”

I have not fallen away; been carried away. I have not lost my faith.

Make no mistake . . . this is not because of the strength of my faith or my trust. This is because of the strength of the Lord God Almighty. He has held me fast; He has kept me from ultimately falling away; when I stray from the path, He brings me back, He preserves me. The Lord is my Light and my Salvation. Whom, then, shall I fear?

Because of His great power and His very great and precious promises, I am like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken.”


I will pray, along with this unnamed psalmist, that the Lord will “do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart.” Of course, we know, from Jesus, that there is none good, but God. Nevertheless, we who walk in Him can be, by association, considered to be “good,” because we have the righteousness of Christ imputed unto us.

Where do we find our strength? The Lord says, through the prophet Isaiah, “in repentance and rest,” and, “quietness and trust.” But then, we see that His people “would have none of it.”

Do we find ourselves in the same place, today? To some degree, I believe we do. We still feel like we always have to be “doing.” And the Christian life, this walk with Christ is not something we do. It is something we be. Yes, there is action that needs to be taken. But it begins with being. Our salvation is not based on something we do. It is utterly, entirely based on what God did.

What has God done? Among other things, He has risen up and shown us compassion (Isaiah 30:18). Why? Because He longs to be gracious to us!

I’m intrigued by verses 20 and 21. Verse 20 speaks of “teachers” not being hidden any more. What I am getting from this is not physical, human “teachers.” The Hebrew word in that verse has some interesting meanings. In most cases, the word is considered a verb, which means “to throw,” or “shoot.” I’m also seeing “point” as a possible meaning. And isn’t this what teachers do? They point to what we need to be learning. They are indicators.

I will confess that I might be reading way more into this than is there, but here’s what I am getting from these two verses.

God, in His longing to be gracious, has risen up and shown us compassion. He has given us “indicators,” signposts, perhaps, a “voice behind” (verse 21) us that says, “This is the way; walk in it.”

If you’re like me, and you are sometimes, you don’t always walk in that way. I know I don’t. Why? Because I’m not paying attention to the “teachers,” the “pointers,” the indicators that are right in front of me. They are not hidden from me. The way in which I should walk is not a mystery! Truthfully, there is no mystery to it.

This doesn’t give me the exact detail of everything I need to do, obviously. There’s not going to be a sign at every corner, that says, “Buy this car. Go to this school. Buy those bananas.” We do have to make some decisions, and a lot of those decisions have no bearing, whatsoever, on how our lives are going to turn out.

But we have many, many directions and pointers. Many are in Scripture, and if we have looked at His Word, and read it, and digested it, then, when important decisions have to be made, we should be able to hear that voice telling us “This is the way; walk in it.”

Father, I praise You that Your Holy Spirit, among other “signs” that You have given, is right there with us, all the time, telling us “This is the way; walk in it.” I pray for the wisdom and discipline to listen and heed His whisperings along the way. I am eternally grateful for Your graciousness and compassion, shown to us in many, many ways, but most especially in the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. We cannot thank You enough. We can try, though. And I will try; I will utter thanksgiving on a daily basis, and will never run out of things for which to be thankful. Thank You for giving me a heart that is full of gratitude. Help me to walk in the way that the Holy Spirit tells me. Help me to walk in the ways that Your Word has already told me.

I pray for the call upon us to follow Christ into our communities, workplaces, and wherever else we go. May His light shine in and through us, all the time. This means we must, MUST, set aside our own preferences and “rights,” sacrificing for the good of others, loving others as we love ourselves, and loving our brothers and sisters in Christ as You have loved us. I pray for the peace and well-being of our communities, our cities, our states, our countries, our world, Your Church.

"Saving God,
startle me with the wonder of Your forgiveness,
the joining of justice and compassion in Jesus.
Because of Your mercy in the cross of Jesus,
You will not hold against me any of my sins.
Let me rest in the just verdict of Your salvation,
free forever from condemnation.


Let your steadfast love come to me,
your salvation according to your promise;
(Psalms 119:41 ESV)

Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.
(John 6:27 ESV)

Then he said to me,
“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel:
Not by might,
nor by power,
but by my Spirit,
says the LORD of hosts.”
(Zechariah 4:6 ESV)

for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
(Isaiah 60:1 ESV)

Father, I pray for Your Church, that we might, indeed, arise and shine. Rescue us, Lord! Unite Your Church in Your truth, and Your truth alone. We are scattered, Lord, as sheep without a shepherd. We have committed idolatry by following after men instead of You. Save us, O God! Cast off the scales from our eyes; show us Your truth. Jesus is Truth; Jesus is Life; Jesus is Way. Take our eyes off of politics and politicians and conspiracies. Help us regain an attitude of humility and sacrifice for our fellow man.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
(Jude 1:24-25 ESV)

Grace and peace, friends.

The Valley

Good morning. It is Tuesday, September October 2, 2012. (I can’t seem to get out of September just yet, which is strange, because I love October!) Today is “National Name Your Car Day.” Huh. I’ve never really done that before. I’ll have to think on that one. What would you name a 2006 Lexus RX400H? The color appears to be called “Satin Cashmere Metallic.” We bought it used, okay? So we could get free valet parking at Rangers Ballpark. 😀

On this date in 1971, Rod Stewart got his first #1 hit with “Maggie May.”

This is actually a pretty good performance of the song. It’s interesting, actually. The band doesn’t seem to really be playing, which made me think it was being lip=synced, but Rod appears to be really singing.
On this date in 1968, Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals struck out 17 Detroit Tigers in the first World Series game of that year, breaking Sandy Koufax’s previous record of the most strikeouts in a series game.
And on this date in 1985, Rock Hudson died at the age of 59, of complications from AIDS.

I’m sitting here, sniffing and snorting this morning. It seems that ragweed is having its way with me. Christi says she feels about the same as yesterday. The outside part of the foot that used to hurt feels better, but now she is experiencing similar pain on the inside. The back and hip feel pretty good, though. We got in a pretty good workout last night, but Steph didn’t go, due to her sunburn. Hopefully, she will start feeling better today.

The Rangers still can’t manage to win the AL West division, losing to Oakland 4-3 last night. With two games left, they are only one game ahead of the A’s. Detroit won their division last night, and New York and Baltimore are in the same position as Texas and Oakland. Boston decided to not even try to keep New York from winning the division, basically fielding the Portland Sea Dogs against them, with Clay Buchholz pitching batting practice. That was very disappointing. I would much rather see Baltimore win the division, especially since they are mostly made up of ex-Rangers.

Much to my joy, the ‘boys lost 34-18 to Da Bears. Yes. I live in Fort Worth and root against Jerry’s Boys. I used to be a Cowboys fan. Then Jerry came to town. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Father, I pray for a glimpse of you this morning, as I read your Word and pray. I lift up a pray before I begin, for Brandon Gaines, a friend and member of The Exchange, who was taken to the hospital last night with stroke-like symptoms. I praise you that they have ruled out the stroke, but I’ve seen no further update on his condition. I pray for healing for him, and wisdom for the people treating him.

Today, I’m reading Psalm 119:41-48.

41 Waw. Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise;
42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules.
44 I will keep your law continually, forever and ever,
45 and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts.
46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame,
47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.
48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.

There is a sense of confidence in this segment; confidence that comes from meditating on the precepts of the Lord. The psalmist declares that he will have “an answer for him who taunts” him, which is always a concern for me. Knowing God’s word gives us confidence to give an answer to anyone who questions our faith. We will even have the boldness to speak of the Lord’s “testimonies before kings” and “not be put to shame.” It is not my speaking ability that will ever win anyone over, that’s for sure. But knowledge of and meditation on the Word of God, along with the power of the Spirit will give us confidence. But there is one condition, see. Verse 47…”I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.”

Yesterday, in My Utmost For His Highest, the reading was about “The Sphere of Exaltation.” Today, we read about a different sphere, “The Sphere of Humiliation.” We would like to just skip that one, wouldn’t we? Raise your hand if you enjoy being humiliated. The Scripture reference for today is Mark 9:22. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us. This is the cry of a man whose son is possessed by a demon, and the disciples were unable to cast it out. You see, this event comes right on the tail of the “mountaintop” of the Transfiguration. “After every time of exaltation we are brought down with a sudden rush into things as they are where it is neither beautiful nor poetic nor thrilling.” Isn’t that the truth? Haven’t you experienced that, too? You get the thrill of a marvelous high with God, things are fantastic. Then, immediately, you are thrust into a circumstance that taxes you for all you are worth, perhaps even brings you a sense of failure. How do we respond in such moments? “The height of the mountain top is measured by the drab drudgery of the valley; but it is in the valley that we have to live for the glory of God.” We see his glory on the mountain, but we live for his glory in the “sphere of humiliation.” This is where we find our true worth, our true faithfulness.

The father says to Jesus, “If you can do anything…” What does it take to root the skepticism out of us? It’s easy to believe on the mountain top, isn’t it? But what happens back down in the valley? I’ve struggled with my own brand of skepticism lately. But I know what God can do. I’ve experienced the power of prayer, while at the same time watched other prayers go, I started to say “unanswered,” but that would not quite be true. Not answered the way I wanted them to be answered. Why did God answer certain prayers the way I asked, but others not? That’s for him to know. I need not question this. I know his power. I know what he can do. But I don’t know what he will do. And I’ve never believed that business about God’s will for us being that we always be healthy, and so on. Not too long ago, I read a verse in the Psalms that I’ve hung my hat on for many years, now. 115:3. Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Who am I to question him?

In short…I will willingly (I almost said “gladly,” but that wouldn’t quite be true, either) be humiliated for the Lord. I will live for his glory in the “sphere of humiliation” because it is there where my spiritual strength is determined. I love the mountain top. Who doesn’t? But I must live life to his glory in the valley.

Father, I pray for understanding this morning. I pray that I would learn your precepts and statutes to the point that I could, like the psalmist, speak your testimonies in the presence of kings and not be put to shame. May I learn your truths so that I may have an answer for anyone who might taunt my faith. May I keep the precepts of your word at the front of my heart at all times. Give me a greater delight for your commands, Lord.

I pray that I would live for your glory in the valley. Let me not desire, as the disciples did at first, to remain on the mountain top and attempt to camp out there, for that is not where you would have me. You would have me down here in the dirty, grimy valley, the “sphere of humiliation,” where real life happens. I don’t claim to be an expert on “real life,” Lord. I’ve seen some, but there are many who have seen much more than I have. Nevertheless, I believe that this is where you would have me work for you. I’ve been on plenty of mountain tops, many of which occurred while I was leading your people in worship. Today, you don’t have me doing that. Today, you have me quietly praying, behind the scenes, for people, many of whom have no idea that someone is praying for them. I pray that you would hear my prayers. I believe that you do. May the desires of your heart be the desires of my heart. “Break my heart for what breaks yours.” Make it so that whatever brings you joy brings me joy.

I pray for this day, Lord. I continue to pray that Christi’s pain would be completely dissolved. I thank you that she is feeling better, though. That is a praise that we give to you. I pray that she would have a good day at work, with no stress today. I also pray for Stephanie today, that she would experience relief from the sunburn pain. Draw her heart toward you today, to meditate on your word and pray. I pray for a good work day for me, as well, that there would be no issues today that would hinder us from achieving our objectives.

Again, I lift up Brandon to you. I pray that you heal him, Lord, and give his wife wisdom and strength as she prays for him and ministers to him in whatever way she can.

Take me further into your heart this morning, Lord, as I move into my private prayers.

May Jesus walk with us in the valley of life today.

Grace and peace, friends.

Gripped By His Power

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Five more days until Stephanie’s birthday. It’s also “National Creamsicle Day.” Yum. I may just have to get me one of those.

On this date in 1945, Steve Martin was born. How many of you knew he could do this?

It was on this day in 1985 that Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney for the publishing rights of most of the Beatles’ catalog. Am I mistaken, or is that kind of ironic? I wonder if McCartney has them back, now… Oh. Ooh. I just read that, in 2008, Jackson gave up his rights to the Sony corporation, “one of his primary creditors.” How on earth does…never mind. On this date in 1971, Bob Gibson, of the St. Louis Cardinals (shout out, pitched his first and only no-hitter. His career is chock-full of other very impressive stats, though, which I don’t have time to go into. You can “google” that.

Yesterday was a pretty average day, I think, for the most part. We had a bit of a struggle with Steph last night, mostly over what order we plan to do things in the future. Work out then eat, or eat then work out. As you can see, this is of national importance. We’ll see how that goes tonight.

Father, I pray for some glimpse of your face this morning, to prepare me for this day, that I might live it walking in your grace.

Today, I’m reading Psalm 75. This psalm is written by Asaph, and has a theme of God casting down the wicked and lifting up the righteous.
We give thanks to you, O God;
we give thanks, for your name is near.
We recount your wondrous deeds.
This is always a good idea, especially when faith is faltering. It is good to look back at the things that God has done, both in the history of his people, as well as your own history.

“At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity.
When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars.”
I don’t know about you, but those two verses give me great comfort. Not so much the judging with equity part, but the part about keeping the pillars of the earths steady when the world seems to be crumbling. It’s good to know that something is holding this place together, at least for a while.

“I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’ and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn;
do not lift up your horn on high, or speak with haughty neck.'”

For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,
but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another.
For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup with foaming wine, well mixed, and he pours out from it, and all the wicked of the earth shall drain it down to the dregs.

But I will declare it forever;
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
All the horns of the wicked I will cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.
I certainly desire to be one of the ones who gets lifted up.

My Utmost For His Highest
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. “ Hebrews 12:5

Yesterday, we read about quenching the Spirit by not being sensitive enough to detect his voice. Today’s reading is about quenching the Spirit by “fainting when we are rebuked by Him.” There are times when the Spirit will come to us and tell us that we are being blind at a certain point; we aren’t where we suppose we are in this matter. “When the Lord chastens you like that, let Him have His way.” I got a good dose of that yesterday afternoon. I won’t go into detail, but I’ll just say that, as I was leaving work, I was getting a good chastening from the Spirit. I’m not where I thought I was…not where I want to be. And when this happens, my response must be to heed the rebuke, rather than getting all sulky with God, saying things like, “Oh, well, I just can’t help it.” No. It sends me back into my “prayer closet” to hammer this thing out some more until I get it right.

“Am I prepared to let God grip me by His power and do a work in me that is worthy of Himself? Sanctification is not my idea of what I want God to do for me; sanctification is God’s idea of what He wants to do for me, and He has to get me into the attitude of mind and spirit where at any cost I will let Him sanctify me wholly.”

My God, I praise your holy name, this morning! Why am I so distracted when I get to this part of my morning? I pray for more focus, Father! I lift up your name and pray that I might do so throughout this day. I pray that I will be one of the ones that you lift up when you are lifting up the heads of the righteous. I thank you that you are said to be holding up the pillars of the earth when it seems to be toppling around us. I thank you for the stability that you provide in a world that seems to be collapsing. May we, your children, through everything we have on you and give our total dependence to you, as we live our lives.

I pray for sanctification in my life, and that being what you want to do in me, not what I want you to do in me. Grip me by your power, Lord, and do work in me that is worthy of yourself! My heart’s desire is to be fully gripped by your power. I can feel temptation creeping, trying to pull me away, to distract me. I pray for the power of the Spirit to grip me and hold me tight. Give me the grace to live this day looking to your face, seeing your glory, and realizing your purpose in me. Teach me your way, that I may walk in your truth. Unite my heart to fear your name. Let me never falter when you chastise or rebuke me. Rather, let me stand firm and take the chastisement, and take your words and pray over them, hammering out my devotion to you until it is perfect. I know…that’s going to take the rest of my life, as I know that I will not be “perfect” until I see you face to face.

I will declare your praises forever, Lord, singing praises to your name. That is my lot in life, and I accept it gladly.

I pray for this day. May Christi and I have smooth work days. I pray, still, that Christi be relieved from the pain that she is experiencing. Heal her body, Lord. I pray for my work day, as I am taking on a little more responsibility. Help me to use my time wisely, that I will get everything done in the time I have. I pray for Stephanie today, that she will be inspired by you during her day.

Your grace is sufficient.

Now, give me clarity and focus during my private prayer time.

Are we ready to be gripped by his power? That is truly my heart’s desire. Now, more than ever.

Grace and peace, friends.