Today is Tuesday, the 21st of March, 2023, in the fourth week of Lent.
May the peace of the Lord be with you always!
Yesterday seemed to get away from me. After discovering that an unauthorized purchase had been made on my Amazon Prime Video account, I spent at least an hour changing the password and resetting various devices around the house. As a result, I didn’t even get to my devotional until almost noon. I still managed to get a good bit accomplished, though. So it wasn’t a total bust.
We had our traditional Monday evening dinner of Rotel Chili, and watched Season Two Episode Thirteen of Buffy, “Surprise.” It ends with one of the biggest cliffhangers ever, which we will continue next week. In case you don’t know, we are watching the episodes one week at a time, along with Ash and Aleyna from The Rewatcher podcast.
This morning is going much better. Since it is Tuesday, I will head out to Subway around lunchtime, to pick up lunch/dinner for the family. I will head to work around 4:00 this afternoon, and work until 8:15, doing shelving or whatever else needs doing at the library. This is my “slow” week, and my only other day to work this week is Friday.
Tomorrow morning, I take S for a therapy session, and then Thursday morning, I have a doctor appointment, as they are continuing to monitor my blood pressure. I have a feeling they will wind up increasing my meds some more. We shall see, though. Also Thursday, S is supposed to have a Club Metro event, the one that got cancelled last Thursday. But forecasts are showing more possibilities of thunderstorms on Thursday, which would be the third Thursday in a row on which it stormed.
What is up with Thursday??
Oh, and I will be going to choir practice on Wednesday evening. Forgot about that. Easter is fast-approaching, and we have a lot of music to prepare, as we are singing a cantata on Good Friday evening, and another piece on Easter Sunday, plus the orchestra is playing on Easter Sunday morning. There is a small orchestra for the cantata, but I will not be playing in that one.
Okay. On to the devotional.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
Great is your mercy, O LORD; give me life according to your justice. (Psalms 119:156 NRSV)
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalms 118:24 NRSV)
Lord our God, we look to your Holy Spirit. Unite us with your Spirit, we pray. May we be children of your Spirit, ruled throughout our lives by your Spirit. There is so much else around us wanting to teach us and claiming to represent the truth, and we are full of fear unless help comes from your Spirit alone. Your Spirit comes to us as helper and comforter, who helps us find the way to go. Hear us, your children, whom you want to lead and whose Savior you want to be through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
until a spirit from on high is poured out on us, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. (Isaiah 32:15-17 NRSV)
Today I am grateful:
- for the effects and results of the righteousness of God, which are peace, quietness, and trust forever
- for the Holy Spirit, our helper and our teacher
- for the many, many conveniences in our lives
- for the love of God, infinite and faithful, never changing
- for the peace of God, that can rule in our hearts, if we will but allow it
What is the value Of a human being? Immeasurable With Gods view of seeing Does one deserve To be loved, more? All beyond measure Each God does adore Needy and broken Covered by grace Within God’s kingdom Each has a place Come now beloved Gods’ Word to proclaim Love Your Lord God And each soul the same
I intended to share this poem yesterday, because it went along so well with the pastor’s message on Zaccheus. Please visit Daryl’s site at the link provided, to read more of his wonderful inspirational poetry.
For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm. God is king over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. (Psalms 47:7-8 NRSV)
When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD rescues them from them all. He keeps all their bones; not one of them will be broken. (Psalms 34:17-20 NRSV)
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
(Colossians 2:6-7 NRSV)
O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalms 118:1 NRSV)
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
(Colossians 3:15 NRSV)
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire.
(Hebrews 12:28-29 NRSV)
Our God, as the psalmist said, is “King of all the earth;” “King over the nations.” He reigns over all creation.
And our God loves us with an everlasting, never-ending, never-changing love. There is nothing that I can do to decrease God’s love for me; there is nothing that I can do to increase God’s love for me. Therefore, any “good works” or “good deeds” that I do are simply because it is my nature to do them. Not my original, human nature, but the nature that I receive from Christ, via the Holy Spirit.
How amazing is it that God loves us like this? In response to this love, we should fall on our faces in awe and reverence, rather than proudly parading it in front of others. And, in response to this love, we should be more than eager to obey the biblical commands to “give thanks.”
We are commanded, multiple times, to give thanks. We are told to be “abounding in thanksgiving.” One translation had that as “overflowing with thanksgiving.” We are to do this as we continue to live our lives in Christ. In another place, Paul exhorts us to let God’s peace rule in our hearts; and be thankful. And the writer of Hebrews tells us that, since we are receiving a “kingdom that cannot be shaken,” we should give thanks, and in this thankfulness, we “offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe.”
Father, I cannot thank you enough. Five points of gratitude each day (some days six or more) doesn’t even scratch the surface of my gratitude to You for everything. And it is too easy to say, “Thank You for everything!” While that is not a false statement, it is so much more fulfilling to list things. The real question is, why do I have to think so hard, some days? My thankfulness should be overflowing, and I should have to work hard to stop at five. The list should go on and on and on.
I’m thankful for paper and pen; I’m thankful for air; I’m thankful for grass and flowers and trees; I’m thankful for cats and dogs, horses and zebras and giraffes; I’m thankful for my family; I’m thankful for my job at the library; I’m thankful for books; I’m thankful for this computer and the technology that we have in the 21st century to be able to post a blog entry “out there” for anyone in any part of the world to be able to see, thereby proclaiming Your glory and my thankfulness and Your steadfast love and mercy to all the world!
Most of all I am thankful for You and for how You have made Yourself accessible to us. All praise and glory to You, our Father in heaven! May Your kingdom come and Your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Thank You for Your love and the truth that it will never fade away or end.
Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!
Lord, have mercy on us Christ, have mercy on us Lord, have mercy on us
Grace and peace, friends.