Holy, Holy, Holy

Today is Thursday, the seventh of October, 2021.

Peace be with you!

Day 23,219

Only five more days until our 36th anniversary. The gift arrived yesterday, and since it was too big to hide, it has already been unveiled.

A pair of “zero-gravity” lounge chairs with matching table. If our house didn’t face west (the back yard is on the east side), I would be sitting in one, right now, drinking my coffee. But the sun is shining out there, right now, and he and I are not friends. So perhaps I will sit out there and read some, this evening.

I got everything accomplished that I intended, yesterday. The laundry got folded, the groceries got bought, and the chicken stir-fry got cooked for dinner. Today, there is absolutely nothing on the agenda. I’m off work today.

C and I went for a walk, yesterday evening, right before dinner time. As we walked, we discussed the fact that I was retired, and I realized that I still haven’t quite “wrapped my head around” that fact. What does that even mean? I can’t wrap my head around anything!

Once my library work schedule settles down, I need to come up with some kind of . . . hang on a minute. Do I really, though?? Maybe it’s better to just “wing it.”

Let’s see. Baseball. The Dodgers won last night, 2-1, on a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth. I suppose it doesn’t get much more exciting than that. I’m disappointed, though, that the Dodgers won. I don’t care that much, but I’m just not a fan. And now the Dodgers play the Giants in the ALDS. To me, that is terribly boring. But they were the two top teams in MLB for the season.

Today, the Other Sox and Astros play 3PM, CDT, and the Red Sox and Rays play at 7:00 CDT. I might watch the Red Sox game tonight.

Today is Frappe Day. I don’t know much about this, but it’s some kind of coffee drink, somehow related to the Frappuccino.

The word for today is pariah, a noun meaning, “any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided.”

Today’s quote is from Frederick Douglas, American author. “The soul that is within me no man can degrade.”

Significant birthdays on October 7:

Al Martino, American singer (Speak Softly Love), 1927-2009
Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of South Africa and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1931 (90)
Dave Hope, American rock bassist (Kansas, A.D.), 1949 (72)
John Mellencamp, American rock singer/songwriter (Jack & Diane, Little Pink Houses), 1951 (70)
Yo-Yo Ma, Chinese-American cellist, 1955 (66)
Simon Cowell, English record executive and TV producer, 1959 (62)
Thom York, British musician (Radiohead), 1968 (53)

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS

The Lord is faithful;
He will establish and guard;
We have confidence.
(2 Thessalonians 3)
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given
Jesus Christ, His Son

And now, let the weak say I am strong
Let the poor say I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done
For us
(Henry Smith, © 1978)

Today I am grateful:

1. that You have given me a thankful heart
2. for music; songs that I can sing to thank You and praise You
3. that I am rich because of what You have done for me; blessed beyond all imagination
4. for Your holiness
5. for the depths of Your splendor and majesty and beauty; indescribable!

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

ORDINARY TIME – WEEK TWENTY – DAY FIVE

INVITATION

The LORD loves what is righteous and just; his constant love fills the earth.
(Psalms 33:5 GNB)

As I pause to reflect on Your constant love, I seek Your presence in this place. I know You are here, but I need to focus on Your presence and know it; I need to feel that You are here. As I sit with eyes closed, I sense Your presence in the room. It calms me; it strengthens my resolve and desire to know You more.

BIBLE SONG

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
(Psalms 96:1-6 NIV)

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness.
(Psalms 96:11-13 NIV)

BIBLE READING

In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
(2 Samuel 11:1-5 NIV)

DWELLING: SILENCE AND MEDITATION

As I read these passages, I seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance, that He might lead me in meditation and prayer, seeking truth in the words of Scripture.

Psalm 96 is a beautiful hymn of worship. It is the favorite psalm of one of our leaders. In fact, he wrote a song based on it, which we have sung at many nights of worship and Sunday morning worship services.

This another in the series of “orphan” psalms, so called because no author is attributed at the beginning. We don’t know who wrote them.

As Matthew Henry points out, we are called upon, three times in the first two verses, to sing. Not just to sing, but to “sing to the LORD!” Sing to Him; praise Him; proclaim His salvation; declare His glory and His marvelous deeds.

Why? Because He is great and worthy of praise! And He “is to be feared above all gods.” There’s that “gods” thing again. But, at least we have a bit of an explanation in this psalm. “The gods of the nations are idols” (verse 5). In other words, they are fake. Our God made the heavens; “splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary.”

Where is His sanctuary? I suppose there could be several answers. In one sense, His “sanctuary” is within me; within you, because He resides or dwells within us, in our spirits and souls. In another sense, though, His sanctuary is all creation. And I think the last three verses show this.

In a symphony of praise, the psalmist calls out for the heavens to rejoice, the earth be glad, the sea redound, the fields be jubilant, the trees of the forests sing for joy.

“Let all creation rejoice.”

Lord of heaven and earth, I join with all creation in singing Your praises, this morning. I pray for more new songs to be written, songs that proclaim Your goodness in all creation. You are holy, holy, holy! The universe declares Your majesty! Splendor and majesty go before You; strength and glory are in Your sanctuary! You are beautiful, so beautiful! There are not enough words to describe You. Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth!

I pray for spiritual renewal, this morning. I pray that our spirits would be renewed every day, every time we think of You. Give us deep repentance, daily. Precious Lord, reveal Your heart to me! You are holy, holy, holy!

BLESSING

“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully!
(Matthew 5:6 GNB)

There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?
(James 4:12 NIV)

I’m going to do something, here, that I don’t think I’ve ever done. I’m going to quote an entire Daily Guideposts reading, this one by Jon M. Sweeney, author and editor-in-chief at Paraclete Press.

“I went to church the other day for a noontime service that’s designed for people on lunch hour. My church is in downtown Milwaukee, near many office buildings. There are usually twenty to thirty people there at noon.

“On this day, the service had begun and the gospel was being read, when a man carrying two large overstuffed bags of possessions burst in the door. He wasn’t trying to be quiet as he walked the center aisle toward the front of the church. At one point, he turned and gesticulated wildly with his arms, scowling at a few people, in a way that made it pretty clear he was drunk. But he kept walking toward the front. When he reached the first pew, he loudly tossed the bags down and took off his coat, tossing that down rather dramatically, too. Then he turned around and looked at everyone, saying something that was inarticulate but angrily expressed. We didn’t know what he would do next.

“He then entered the pew, pulled out the kneeler (we have those in our church), and got down on his knees. He began to pray. That’s all I have to say about him.

“About me, I’ll say this: I judged him way too easily.

“Forgive me, God, for how I judge everyone around me all the time. Change my heart, mind, and soul.”

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
(Matthew 7:1-3 NIV)

Confession time: I can identify with brother Sweeney, there. I struggle so much with this. I know, in my heart, that I am no better than anyone else. Yet I catch myself judging people, right and left, daily. May God forgive me, and change my heart as Jon has prayed.

I pray for peace in our nation, peace in our world. I pray for racial injustice to end, and I pray for the pandemic to be over. Above all else, though, I pray for Your will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven. For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, 
have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
O, Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world,
grant us Your peace.
(Agnus Dei)

Grace and peace, friends.

Scrape the Barnacles

Today is Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Twelve more days until Christmas! Do the Twelve Days of Christmas begin today or on Christmas Day?

Quote of the Day

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu

Word of the Day

Tyro – a beginner in learning anything; novice.

Today is Violin Day. I don’t have a lot to say about that, never having played the violin. I do know that the world would be a much darker place without them.

We made our first batch of ice cream last night, and, as I said when C picked out that prize, it is peach ice cream. We’ve only had a spoonful or two, to taste it, so far, because, per the recipe, it needed to be in the freezer for a while, to firm up. It is delicious!

Not much going on, otherwise, other than trying to suss out the details of what we are doing on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. We aren’t quite done with that, yet.

74 days until the first Spring Training game.
111 days until Opening Day.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Tuesday in the third week of Advent

Psa 95:1  Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Psa 144:5  Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke!

Psa 71:23  My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.

Psa 89:1  I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.

Psa 103:10-14 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Psa 143:1-6 A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you. For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah.

I like the way this reading starts. “Life accumulates irrelevancies as a ship acquires barnacles.” You see, each tiny, individual thing seems harmless, but as they accumulate, they will “sink us into sluggish immobility.” Then when trouble comes, we are forced into reflection. “We see our lives in relation to God (‘I meditate on the works of your hands’) and realize our primary needs (‘my soul thirsts for you’).”

“God, too much of my life is deadweight–habit, routine, and duty that have become separated from you. Wake me to my essential, eternal relationships. I will go over again what I know of your ways and reorder my ways by what I learn in Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Father, help me to de-accumulate, to scrape the barnacles off of my hull. I’m sure I have accumulated tons of irrelevant stuff in my lifetime. Help me to identify those things and drop them by the wayside. I want to retain only things that truly matter. Draw my attention toward you and the things of Christ, in full devotion to my Savior.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. John 15:4

Grace and peace, friends.

He Loves You To the Stars

The cake is a lie! The cake is a lie! The cake is a lie!

Today’s word of the day, from dictionary.com, is shirk. To “shirk” is “to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.).” I am shirking today, evading work. However, it’s “legal,” as I am on my last day of PTO for the year.

Today is Dictionary Day. I suspect that many people on Facebook have never used one. But this day celebrates the achievements of Noah Webster.

I had a rough night last night. Stephanie and I ordered pizza, and Christi still wasn’t feeling well, so she didn’t have any. But the pizza was really greasy. Like an idiot, I ate it anyway, then fought off feelings of nausea for about two hours in the middle of the night. My sleep after that finally settled was fitful, so I’m pretty tired this morning. I think I’m okay, though, while Christi still feels under the weather.

We are heading to Mineral Wells in about an hour, for lunch with Grandma, along with some business that we need to take care of. We will have a nice visit together, I’m sure, but it won’t be all pleasure. In fact, some of it will probably be difficult, as we need to go out to the cemetery to select a gravestone. In four days, we will be at the six-month mark. In a way, it feels much longer than that, and, even though we don’t talk about it much, there are days when we are, without any warning, whatsoever, driven to tears with memories. That’s how grieving goes, and there’s nothing wrong with it. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.

Tomorrow will be different, as we have moved our worship services to Sunday mornings at a local YMCA that doesn’t open until 1:00 PM on Sundays. The first service at that time and location was last week, while we were in Mexico, so this will be our first time. We aren’t sure what to expect, in terms of set-up and everything. I think we are supposed to be there at 7:45, which means we’ll need to get up pretty early Sunday.

On this date in 1793, Marie Antoinette was guillotined. In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first Planned Parenthood clinic. In 1923, Walt and Roy Disney founded the Walt Disney Company. In 1984, Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Today’s birthdays include Noah Webster (American lexicographer), Oscar Wilde (Irish writer), Eugene O’Neill (American writer), Goose Goslin (American baseball player), Charles Colson (American Watergate figure), Dave DeBusschere (American basketball player), Barry Corbin (American actor), Fred Turner (Canadian bass player, Bachman-Turner Overdrive), Suzanne Somers (American actress), Bob Weir (American musician, Grateful Dead), Tim Robbins (American actor), Wendy Wilson (American singer, Wilson Phillips), and John Mayer (American musician).

Oscar Wilde was born on this date in 1854. He lived a brief and complex life, dealing with many lifestyle issues in a day and time when such a lifestyle was far from acceptable. He is famous for his many quotable statements, ten of which are featured in this video clip. He died in 1900, from cerebral meningitis.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God)

I’m continuing in the chapter on seeking the face of God. I confess, it’s been a while, and I have to struggle to remember what has gone before. In this section on “knowing the Father,” Keller focuses on the beginning of Paul’s prayer in Ephesians, where is says he “kneels before the Father” (Ephesians 3:14). This was not the normal prayer posture for Christians and Jews of Paul’s day. It was “an act of special reverence.”

It is important to note that God is, indeed, our Father. Paul, in Romans 8, says that we have “received the Spirit of adoptions as sons,” which enables us to pray, “Abba! Father!” Then, in verse 16, Paul gives us a primary purpose of the Spirit’s ministry in our lives: The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. “So another aspect of communion with God is a deeper understanding and the appropriation of our family relationship with the Father.”

Remember when the Holy Spirit came down upon Jesus at his baptism? He proclaimed the Sonship of Jesus Christ. This same Holy Spirit, then bears witness into our own hearts that we, also, are God’s sons, and that his love for us is great. We may know these things in our heads, but “the Holy Spirit makes them a fiery reality in your life.”

Consider a father and son walking side by side. Suddenly, the father whisks the son up in his arms, hugs him tight, kisses him, and tells him how much he loves him. Is that son any more a son in his father’s arms than when he is walking beside him? Of course not! But the experience is different, isn’t it?

“When the Holy Spirit comes down on you in fullness, you can sense your Father’s arms beneath you.” My friends, I have, in fact, experienced this very thing. Many years ago, during a very difficult time in my life, I stood in front of my Grandmother’s house, beneath some trees, and cried out, “Am I really your child??” I received, at that point, what was probably the greatest outpouring of the Father’s love that I have ever experienced. I believe that God, my Father, wrapped his arms around me, in the presence of the Holy Spirit, and gave me a great big hug. I will never forget that day, or that feeling.

These experiences with the Father can give us “joyful fearlessness” by making us aware of the reality that we are his children. “He loves you to the stars and will never let you go.”

Grace and peace, friends.

The Key Is Prayer

Good morning. It is Tuesday, October 16, 2012. We have reached the halfway point in October. Hmm..today is “National Boss Day.” So I’ll say “Happy Boss Day” to my supervisor, Tom Wiles, and our manager, Phillip Dutton.

It was on this date in 1793 that Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, was guillotined. There is no evidence that she ever really said, “Let them eat cake.”
Walt and Roy founded The Walt Disney Company on this date in 1923.
On this date in 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis began.
On this date in 1978, Wanda Rutkeiwicz reached the summit of Mount Everest. She was the first Pole to do so, as well as the first European woman.
On this date in 1984, Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize. George Orwell did not predict that.
On this date in 1991, George Hennard killed 23 and wounded 20 in a Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas.
On this date in 1958, Chevrolet introduced the El Camino.
Baby Jessica was rescued from a well in Midland, Texas, on this date in 1987.
And on this date in 1912, New York Giants outfield Fred Snodgrass dropped an easy pop up in the 10th inning of a tie-breaking eighth game of the World Series. How can you have a “tie-breaking eighth game?” I’m glad you asked. The second game was called at a 6-6 tie because it got too dark to see. (1912, remember?) Anyway, Snodgrass’s error allowed the Red Sox to rally for two runs to win the 1912 World Series.

Birthdays today include Noah Webster, 1758, Oscar Wilde, 1854, Eugene O’Neill, 1888, Goose Goslin, 1900, Angela Lansbury, 1925, Charles Colson, 1931, Tim McCarver, 1941, Fred Turner, of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, 1943, Suzanne Somers, 1946, Bob Weir, of the Grateful Dead, 1947, Tim Robbins, 1958, Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1962, Wendy Wilson, of Wilson Phillips, 1969, John Mayer, 1977, Ethan Luck, of the O.C. Supertones, Demon Hunter, and Relient K, 1978, Bryce Harper, 1992.


We got back into the swing of things pretty well, yesterday, after our nice weekend. Work was pretty normal for both of us. However, Christi did not go to the gym with Stephanie and me, yesterday evening, as her foot and leg were hurting too much. Her next doctor’s visit is next Monday. I got in a pretty good workout on the adaptive motion trainer, though, trying to get back into the routine of almost daily workouts, at least every other day. Tonight, we meet for Lifehouse group.


Father, I pray for a glimpse of you this morning, as I spend some time reading your word.


Today, I’m reading Psalm 119:153-160.

153 Resh. Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to your promise!
155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek your statutes.
156 Great is your mercy, O LORD; give me life according to your rules.
157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
158 I look at the faithless with disgust, because they do not keep your commands.
159 Consider how I love your precepts! Give me life according to your steadfast love.
160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

I don’t see verse 155 as claiming that salvation comes from seeking God’s statutes. Rather, I see it as stating that the evidence that salvation is far from the wicked is that they don’t seek the Lord’s statutes. The psalmist then acknowledges the great mercy of God, asking for life to be imparted to him. Again, in verse 159, he prays for “life according to your steadfast love.” Verse 160 states that the sum of God’s word is truth. If we consider the New Testament correlation to this, we know that Jesus is the “Word” made flesh, and that Jesus is truth. It could be said that Jesus Christ is “the sum” of God’s word.


Today’s reading from My Utmost For His Highest is called “The Key to the Master’s Orders.” The scripture reference is Matthew 9:38, which says, …therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Chambers says that the key to the “missionary problem” is “prayer not work.” He explains a little further, saying that it is not “work as the word is popularly understood today because that may mean the evasion of concentration on God.” One of Chambers’s key themes is the fact that Christians often get so bogged down in working FOR God that they forget to commune WITH him. Here, the key is not “common sense.” Nor is it medical, civilization, education, or even evangelization. “The key is prayer.” And we do need to remember that the ordinary, common-sense world believes that prayer is, well, stupid.

We also need to realize that there are no “nations” in the outlook of Jesus, only the world. “How many of us pray without respect of persons, and with respect to only one Person, Jesus Christ?” To bring that very idea home, and in a very silly way, yesterday, my daughter asked me to pray for Derek Jeter. Anyone who knows me at all knows that the very idea of praying for a member of the New York Yankees rubs every nerve in my body the wrong way! But wait! (I know…this is total madness.) Derek Jeter just a guy who plays baseball. He fractured his ankle in a game the other day, and will likely need surgery. Why shouldn’t I pray for him? He also, just like any other human on the planet, needs Jesus. So, yes…I should pray for Derek Jeter. Because I’m supposed to be praying “without respect of persons.”

Back to the point. Jesus owns this harvest that is spoken of in Matthew 9:38. We are to be praying that God would send out workers into this harvest. ‘We are taken up with active work while people all round are ripe to harvest, and we do not reap one of them, but waste our Lord’s time in overenergized activities.” An opportunity arises wherein we might be useful in the harvest, but we say, “Oh, but I have a special work to do!” Chambers says, rather emphatically, “No Christian has a special work to do. A Christian is called to be Jesus Christ’s own, one who is not above his Master, one who does not dictate to Jesus Christ what he intends to do.” If we simply do what is asked, which is in this particular case, to pray, Jesus will engineer the circumstances, and he will thrust us out where we are most needed. It is not up to me to know where God will use me next. It is not my decision, what I will be doing for him. It is the Lord’s decision, and it is his job to put me there. I must simply be obedient and pray.


Father, I thank you for calling on me to pray. i have, for many years, prayed some, but not nearly enough. Today, you have me praying more and more. As I struggle to know what and how to pray, you continue to teach me. Today, I look at the words that Oswald Chambers has written, and I am convicted even more of the necessity of prayer, especially before anything that could be considered “work.” There are far too many of us who are busy, busy, busy. We get so busy that we forget to pray, we forget that communion with you is the most important thing we can do. We get the order wrong. Again, I turn to the words of Jesus when asked what the greatest commandment is. In short, his answer was, “Love God.” The second command, after that, was to love people. We must get it in the right order. You told us (through the ancient disciples) to make disciples. This implies something much more deep than simply evangelism. It speaks of teaching people your word, passing on the teachings of Jesus Christ, teaching them how this life is supposed to work. How is it supposed to work? I have come to believe, over the past year, that it is you, living in me. As I pray, I pray for the life of Jesus Christ to be lived in me. I pray for his character traits to be seen in me, made manifest by his life, not by my efforts to be meek, poor in spirit, merciful, and so on. You, Lord Jesus, must increase, and I must decrease.

I pray for this day. I pray, still, again, and will continue to do so, that Christi’s pain would be healed. Father, I will keep pounding on the door of your throne room about this. I am not demanding, but I am pleading. I will not demand from you. That is unacceptable. I am a servant. You make demands on me, not vice-versa. But I plead with you to relieve my wife’s pain, just as I ask you every day to heal my earthly father and restore strength to his muscles. You may elect to never do either one. That will not change my course. It will not change my prayer, nor will it affect my devotion to you. This life is yours, to do with as you will. “Our God is in the heavens, he does whatever pleases him.” I pray that Christi’s work day will go smoothly today. Surround her with your Spirit, absorbing any stress that might come her way. I also pray for Stephanie today. Draw her heart into yours. Give her a purpose for her life. Show her your life in her. Finally, I pray for my work day, that it will be a smooth day. I also pray for my prayer time on the way to work this morning. May there be little to distract me, beyond the normal task of driving. Show me who to pray for and how to pray for them. I have my list, sure. But there can always be additions and subtractions to this list, as it is nothing more than a tool to remind me. You are the ultimate Reminder. Teach me your ways, that I may walk in your truth. Your Word is truth.


The key to any spiritual task is prayer. We spoke mainly of the “harvest” today. But any task that God gives us should be, as they say, “bathed in prayer” before it becomes active. The key is prayer.

Grace and peace, friends.