Today is Monday, February 18, 2019.
24 days until our next Glen Rose weekend!
Quote of the Day
“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, American President, 1882-1945
Word of the Day
Personalia–“Personal allusions, belongings, writings, information, etc.”
We had a great worship gathering, yesterday morning. It’s really great how the three of us (Brandon, Terry, and me) have gelled as a worship team. Each week, it seems like the harmonies sound better, at least to me. Each of us has a different musical strength to add to the mix and we all come together as a pretty tight band. Jacob’s message about spiritual gifts was also quite good. I like his thinking on them, which is that they are more like “opportunities of ministry” than “Christian superpowers,” which is what popular thinking seems to be over the years. We have to remember that the Bible says that the Spirit grants the gifts as He wills, which means that you might be an evangelist one day and a prophet the next, depending on the need of the moment.
We got our wireless chargers yesterday, and they seem to work great. My phone was charged overnight, just laying on this little circular pad thingy. Truly amazing! The cables are a bit short, though, so we ordered some longer cables for them. Our new cases work great, as well.
Not much else happened, yesterday. And, of course, it’s Monday, so back to work. Unless you’re a government employee, in which case you have today off. And I think most schools might be out, as well, which means our drive to work should be a little less stressful. Presidents’ Day. Or is it “Presidents Day” with no apostrophe? I’ve seen it both ways. And I really don’t care. It’s just another day for me, with no mail or banking.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
Today I am grateful:
1. For another good day of worship, yesterday.
2. For a new prayer app that someone showed me, yesterday. (It’s called “Echo.”)
3. For good rest last night, out of which I can, hopefully, work well today.
4. That God has given me the community of our local church.
5. That God has created me to love and to need to be loved.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the might from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel, for he has remembered his promise of mercy, The promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as It was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
(The Book of Common Prayer, The Song of Mary)
(From Faith That Matters)
Today’s reading is “Good To Be in Company,” by James Bryan Smith.
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
“God has made us interdependent. From the moment of our creation God felt it was important for us to live in community.” We all, from the center of our very being, have a great need to “love and be loved by others.” It seems, doesn’t it, that we have been created incomplete. “Only by living in community can we find the fulfillment for which we hunger.”
This need to love and be loved is inescapable (unless you happen to be a sociopath). “God has designed us this way because God values human community.” Here’s the thing: God could easily just give everyone everything he or she needs for life, so that we have absolutely no need for each other. But He didn’t do that. “Instead, he gives us all of the resources we need to care for one another and encourages us to share those resources.”
This goes along so well with the messages we have been hearing from our pastor, recently. And it all ties in with the Trinity! You see, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have been living in holy community for all eternity, and we, as followers of Christ, are invited to share in this community! It’s rather mind-boggling, if you think about it.
Consider, if you will, whom God has given you that cares for you, and whom God has given you to care for? That was probably a terrible sentence. But hopefully, the meaning is clear.
Father, I thank You for the understanding (I’m using that word quite loosely) of the Trinity that You have given me in the past year or so. To know the kind of community that You, the Son, and the Holy Spirit live in brings joy to my spirit and makes me want to be in the same kind of community. I thank You for our church group and pray that our sense of community will only expand and enlarge as we meditate on the Trinity.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
Soli Deo Gloria!