Good morning. It’s pre-Friday, January 9, 2014. The first real “pre-Friday” of 2014. (Last week didn’t count, because Thursday was the first work day of the week for me, so it was really “Monday.” I only had Monday and Friday last week. That’s my kind of work week!)
Today is “Static Electricity Day.” I remember making balloons stick to the wall when I was a kid. Here’s a bunch of static electricity demonstrations that must have been recorded in a school classroom.
On this date in 2007, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. Has it really only been seven years? The iPhone was debuted as a “touchscreen mobile phone with an iPod, camera and Web-browsing capabilities, among other features.” Jobs, himself, described the iPhone as “revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone.” It went on sale six months later, on June 29, and thousands of people lined up at Apple stores to be the first to have one. In November of that same year, almost 1.5 million had been sold, and Time magazine named it the invention of the year. Fast forward seven years. We are all captivated by our phones.
Today’s birthdays are Chic Young, cartoonist (Blondie), 1901, Richard Nixon, 37th U.S. President, 1913, Gypsy Rose Lee, actress, 1914, Judith Krantz, author, 1928, Bart Starr, quarterback, 1934, Bob Denver, 1935, Anne Rivers Siddons, author, 1936, Joan Baez, singer/songwriter 1941, Jimmy Page, guitarist (Led Zeppelin), 1944, Crystal Gayle, country singer, 1951, J.K. Simmons, actor, 1955, Dave Matthews, musician, 1967, and Kate Middleton, duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, 1982.
Bart Starr was the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers in the era of the infamous Ice Bowl of 1967. Here is the quarterback sneak that won that game for Green Bay.
(From The Divine Hours)
Psalm 47:5-8 God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!
Psalm 70:4 May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”
Psalm 13:5-6 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
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.
Today’s reading in Reflections for Ragamuffins is “God’s Voice in Prayer.”
Why do we struggle so much with “being human?” Why do we walk a thin line between “self-hatred and despair?” Could it be that we don’t pray? “We pray so little, so rarely, and so poorly.” Oh, we have plenty of time for other things! “Visits, get-togethers, movies, football games, concerts, an evening with friends, an invitation we can’t decline . . .” And guess what! These are all good things! They are good, because it is “natural and wholesome that we come together in community.” But when God wants some of our time, we hesitate. We struggle with believing that God delights in talking with his children.
If we could look God in the face, what kind of face would he be making? Would it be saying, “When are you going to shape up? I’m fed up with you and your hang-ups. My patience is exhausted. We’re going to have a little reckoning!” If he said only one word to us, would it be “Repent?” Or would he, perhaps, say, “Thank you. Do you know what a joy it is to live in your heart? Do you know that I have looked upon you and loved you for all eternity?”
Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me,
and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with
all your heart.
Father, keep teaching me to pray. I feel that I have done somewhat better with this over the past couple of years, but there is still much room for improvement. You have asked me to be an intercessor, and I have tried to walk that path. But i’m still learning how to do it. I’m still learning how to pour out my heart and soul for the sake of others, and, to be honest, I’m not sure I get it, yet. I still think i don’t pray enough. Or perhaps I don’t pray properly. I get too easily distracted by other things, even when there is no other activity going on. I pray for your Spirit to teach me to pray. I pray, also, for all of your children to understand the necessity of prayer in their lives. It’s not just something for people who are called to be intercessors. Prayer is not a magic formula that can only be used by those who are properly trained. It is our life-blood, Lord. It is our breath. We should not be able to live without it.
I pray for this day. I ask for relief from pain for Christi. Lately, her hip and back have been bothering her. But you know this. I pray that you would touch her and relieve her pain. May our work day be good today. May our day be full of you and your Spirit. May we frequently stop and remember to pray, praying for whatever you bring to our minds at the time. I also ask that you would give Stephanie understanding and wisdom, teaching her your way, that she may walk in it.
I pray especially for Alicia Rojas and her mother this morning. Things are not well for her, and her mother is not doing well, in the hospital. Life has been very difficult for them lately. I pray that you would impress upon some people to give them assistance. But I also pray for healing for her mother.
Your grace is sufficient.
Say a prayer for your day. Talk to your Father. He delights in talking to you, because he loves you with a never-ending love.
Grace and peace, friends.