Today is Monday, October 2, 2017. Day 21,753. Ten days until our 32nd anniversary!
Don McLean, who was born on this date in 1945, said, “I’ve never done anything but what I wanted to do with my life. I don’t think too many people can say that. I wrote the songs I wanted to write, for me. I had no idea that ‘American Pie’ would relate to anybody.”
Word of the Day
Thimblerig ~ “a sleight-of-hand swindling game in which the operator palms a pellet or pea while appearing to cover it with one of three thimblelike cups, and then, moving the cups about, offers to bet that no one can tell under which cup the pellet or pea lies.”
Today is International Day of Non-Violence. Wouldn’t it be nice? But instead, we wake up to news of possibly at least 50 people dead and over 100 injured at a Las Vegas shooting, last night.
We wound up having a pretty nice day, yesterday. As reported yesterday morning, our Internet was out. But it wasn’t just ours. Apparently Spectrum Internet was out in a large chunk of the country, if not the entire nation. We braced ourselves for a challenging day, but it turned out okay. S was okay through it, as was I. After a good worship gathering, we went out to eat with another family from the church. We tried a place we had not been to yet, called “Meat U Anywhere.” It’s a barbecue restaurant, and it was quite good. It’s interesting, because you don’t order a plate lunch. Instead you order meat by weight, and then buy the sides that you want, also by size. It’s a little pricey, but it was delicious. The one strike against them is that they don’t have any Coca Cola products, so Diet Dr. Pepper is the only diet drink they serve. Besides water. Wait. There was a cooler with some sixteen-ounce bottles in it. Now that I think about it, there may have been some Diet Coke in there. Oh, well. Anyway, I had their sliced brisket and jalapeno cheddar sausage. The sausage was pretty amazing, as was the brisket.
After lunch, I went to the grocery store, while C took a nap. Right before I got home, the Internet came back on. I did what I was already planning to do, which was play Horizon: Zero Dawn on the PS4. After I played for a while, and C painted on a paint by number set she got, we watched the season premier of Saturday Night Live, which was disappointing, to say the least. But, over-all, I would say it was a good day.
Today, there is no baseball. The wild card games are tomorrow and Wednesday, and the ALDS series begins Thursday. Unfortunately, the Red Sox/Houston games on Thursday and Friday will be the afternoon times.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
(From The Divine Hours)
Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Dear Father always near us,
may your name be treasured and loved,
may your rule be completed in us-
may your will be done here on earth in
just the way it is done in heaven.
Give us today the things we need today,
and forgive us our sins and impositions on you
as we are forgiving all who in any way offend us.
Please don’t put us through trials,
but deliver us from everything bad.
Because you are the one in charge,
and you have all the power, and the glory too is all yours-forever-
which is just the way we want it!
(From Practice Resurrection)
We have moved into Chapter Five, which will focus on Ephesians 2:1-10.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
With the abrupt transition of “And you were dead,” and, “made us alive together with Christ,” Paul moves us into “resurrection country.” We are no longer looking at it from a distance. We have stepped into it, “our feet on the actual ground.” Looking back at 1:20, God raised Christ from the dead. In 2:6, God raised us up with Christ, as well. “Resurrection defines Jesus’ life; resurrection defines our lives. We were sin-dead; we are resurrection-alive.”
This “resurrection country” is no longer a place that we are looking at from a distance, admiring the landscape. It is now the “land we live in, entering into the detailed intricacies of resurrection living.” It is completely different from the life we are used to. It is also not something that we add to what was already there. It is completely new, making alive what was dead.
Yes, we will bring old habits from our life in the country of death. “And so we require a patient, long-suffering reorientation in the resurrection conditions that prevail in this country, living into the ‘full stature of Christ’ (4:13), our resurrection pioneer and companion.” And, most importantly, Paul begins this reorientation with the word “grace,” in 2:8. We will find that Paul uses this word quite a bit.
Father, thank you for bringing me into resurrection country. Now I pray that you continue to teach me and reorient me into this resurrection life. Thank you for that word, grace.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Grace and peace, friends.