Today is Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Day 21,741. 22 days until our 32nd anniversary!
Upton Sinclair, who was born on this date in 1878 (died 1968), said, “I just put on what the lady says. I’ve been married three times, so I’ve had lots of supervision.”
Word of the Day
Holus-bolus ~ “all at once.” “If you shout your questions at me holus-bolus, instead of asking them one at a time, then I won’t be able to hear any of them.”
Today is Pepperoni Pizza Day. I’m a big fan of pepperoni pizza! That makes this a great day!
I believe C is feeling better this morning. She wound up going to the doctor, yesterday, who said she had bronchial asthma, along with a sinus infection. When I was in college, we called this the “Commerce Crud.” Anyway, she got a shot, some pills, and an inhaler. She had the best night’s sleep last night that she has had since last week. The bad news is that I’m beginning to feels some chest congestion, this morning. Sigh. It’s inevitable, you know . . .
The Red Sox beat the Orioles 1-0 last night in eleven innings! Wow. What a pitching duel. It’s games like this that a true baseball fan loves, and non-baseball fans think are boring. The Yanks won again, so no standings change. Sox remain three games up.
But the Twins lost, and the Rangers beat Seattle 3-1. This put the Rangers at 3.5 games out in the wild card race, and also put them in front of the Mariners. The Angels also lost, so they are 1.5 games behind the Twins. As Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” The Rangers have twelve games left, and their elimination number in the wild card race remains nine.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
(From The Divine Hours)
Make your vows to the LORD your God and perform them; let all around him bring gifts to him who is to be feared.
Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word!
Let my plea come before you; deliver me according to your word.
With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the LORD does valiantly,
the right hand of the LORD exalts, the right hand of the LORD does valiantly!”
I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.
(From Practice Resurrection)
Eugene Peterson ended the last segment with a question: “How do we acquire a God-oriented identity?”
The first way, he says, is to look in the mirror and name what we see as “saint.” Then, he says, we redefine the people around us as “saints” (at least those in the community of faith). This is what Paul does. But Paul does not call us saints because “we are so wonderful but because he sees us truly as ever and always in the company of the Holy Trinity.”
In this society, which is becoming ever more “identity-confused,” we tend to claim an identity based on things like social security numbers, “medical records, academic degrees, job history,” and so on. We even get caught in genealogical chases. But we, as Christians, are baptized, we are immersed in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Because of that name, we are saints.
We are not saints be virtue of any “spiritual heroics or moral athleticism.” But Paul does call us saints; holy. But “holy” does not refer to us as we are within ourselves. Rather it refers to us as who we are in God. Here’s the thing: “‘Holy’ names not who they are on their own but who God is in and for them, not what they do but what God does in them. . . . The most important thing about any one of us is not what we do but what God does, not what we do for God but what God does for us.”
Remembering this truth could and should make a world of difference in how we practice resurrection!
Father, help me to remember this, that what you have done in and for me is far more important than anything I could ever do for you. My designation as “saint” has nothing to do with my performance and everything to do with who I am in you. Help me to remember that as I go through this day. Help me to remember that as I work to live without anger and to experience joy in my life.
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.