Good morning. It is Wednesday, September 10, 2014. I’m up and getting ready to go to work today. Not quite 100%, but feeling much better.
Today is Swap Ideas Day. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.
Once again, there is pretty much nothing to say about yesterday, other than the fact that I am steadily feeling better. I felt pretty good during the late morning and afternoon yesterday, but, as seems to be my custom, began feeling slightly worse by bedtime. Not sure why that is, but it always seems to be the case. Anyway, I’m better this morning, so I’m going to give it a go.
No plans for this evening, as far as I know.
Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
(From The Divine Hours)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, you heavenly hosts;
praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
1 John 3:18
From this morning’s Daily Guideposts: “One of the big challenges for people of faith is answering too fast and loving too slow.”
Perhaps we should all mull that over for a little while.
Today’s Gospel Reading
“Give us this day our daily bread,”
There seems to be a possibility that this could be translated “our bread for tomorrow.” Apparently, the word translated “daily” is only found in this verse. “It has been understood to mean ‘daily,’ ‘necessary,’ ‘future,’ or ‘tomorrow’s.'” (Reformation Study Bible notes) Regardless of how the word is translated, it is simply a prayer for God to provide for our physical needs, as we need them. But note that we are asking for “bread,” not, say, lobster or filet mignon. We ask for what is necessary, not what is superfluous. God is our provider, not our “sugar daddy.” We also ask for our bread, not someone else’s bread. We are also asking in community, so we pray for God to provide everyone’s bread. Part of my prayers every Thursday is to pray for the Church around the world. I always pray for God to supply his children’s needs. We are community, and we should pray as such. And, as we pray this each day, we renew our devotion and focus each day.
Today’s reading in Reflections for Ragamuffins is “Right Relationship.”
“The promised peace that the world cannot give is located in being in right relationship with God. Self-acceptance becomes possible only through the radical trust in Jesus’ acceptance of me as I am.”
Within each of us there is a Pharisee and an impostor. Within the embrace of Jesus, these “evil impulses are converted and transformed into good.” The lust of the sinful woman Luke wrote about was “transformed into a passion for intimacy with Jesus.” Our obsession with money can be changed to a desire for that treasure in the field of which Jesus spoke. “Our inner murderer becomes capable of murdering homophobia, bigotry, and prejudice.” Our hatred and vindictiveness can be transformed into “intolerance and rage at the caricature of God as a petty accountant.” And our saccharin-like niceness can be changed to “heartfelt compassion for those who have lost their way.”
In Revelation 21:5, Jesus says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Maybe, just maybe, this is suddenly a bit more clear.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Father, I pray, first of all, that you would continue to be faithful to provide our daily needs. You have been very faithful with our family, and we are so grateful for that. I pray, that you would continue to work in my spirit to make “all things new.” There is so much bigotry and prejudice that you have eliminated in my life over the past few decades, Father! I am such a different person than I was then, and I praise you for this! But there is so much more to change. I love this reading, Lord. Make all things new in my life. Don’t ever stop.
I pray for the community of the Church, as well, that we would all be made completely new. I know that, someday, all things will be new and perfect, but until then, I pray that the truths and realities of your Kingdom would come to this earth. Your Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven!
I pray for this day. May we have safe travel to and from work. May our work day be smooth today, and may Christi’s job continue to go as great as it has been. I pray that I would continue to feel better, and that working in the warm warehouse all day would not beat me down. I pray for Stephanie, that she would know your great love for her today. Bring healing to her mind, Father.
Your grace is sufficient. I thank you that I am feeling better today.
He is making us all new, even as we read and write these things. Open up your spirit to him. Let him make you new.
Grace and peace, friends.