Today is Monday, August 7, 2017. Day 21,697. Only 12 more days until S’s and J’s birthday!
“Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.” ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary The Quotations Page
The word of the day is fructify, a verb which means, “to bear fruit; to become fruitful.”
Today is Lighthouse Day. I’m a big fan of lighthouses, and have even climbed the stairs to the top of a few. Many years ago. I wouldn’t be doing that today. Do you have a favorite lighthouse?
Today is the day that the work on our new flooring will start. C will be staying home (working from home) for most, if not all, of this week. Or as long as it takes them, which is projected to be all of this week.
C and I had a great time at “Paint Nite” last night. This is, apparently, a regular thing, and even has its own Facebook page. It looks like they have events at multiple locations. Ours was at Frankie’s Downtown, in the Underground. Here are our two paintings, side by side.
The Red Sox won their sixth consecutive game, yesterday, beating the Other Sox 6-3, completing a sweep. They remain in first place, three games up on the Yankees. They begin a series with the Rays tomorrow. The Rangers lost a close one to the Twins, 6-5, and remain in fourth place, 18 behind the Astros. They begin a series with the Mets tomorrow.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
(From The Divine Hours)
Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised!
Psalm 113:3 Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high,
who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?
Psalm 113:5-6 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psalm 84:9 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”
I’m going to just briefly touch on one of the verses from today’s Divine Hours reading. By the way, if you have any interest in keeping up with those yourself, you can use this link. There are readings for morning, mid-day, and evening. I actually have the books on my Kindle, but this church provides them online.
Anyway, the verse that I want to touch on is the one from Luke 9:35. This comes from Luke’s telling of the Transfiguration event, which the Church calendar celebrated yesterday. As all of this was going on, the three disciples that Jesus brought with him heard this voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”
There is a lot packed into those few words. Most important is the command to listen to Jesus. While it was spoken to three men, I believe it can equally apply to us, today. We need to listen to Jesus. And the only way we can “listen” to him is to read what he said in the Gospels. I run across this verse every so often, and it always convicts me that I need to be more consistent with my readings of the Gospels. Today is no different. How can I “listen” to what Jesus is saying if I am not familiar with his words?
So, once again, I am inspired to launch into regular readings of the Gospels, that I might more familiarize myself with the words of Jesus and obey God’s command to listen to him.
Father, help me to listen. Open my ears, that I might hear the words that Jesus speaks to us.
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.
Today is Lighthouse Day. That’s cool. I’m a fan of lighthouses. I’ll even post a picture of one.
Christi is released from her doctor’s care, regarding her foot surgery and recovery!! At yesterday’s visit, her foot looked completely recovered. We are celebrating this, as it has been a long road. Now if we can just figure out what is causing the rest of her pains . . .
I think I may be losing my mind. If you remember, I drove to the gym without my wallet on Monday evening. Well, yesterday at work, I found that I had forgotten to post out the one job that we shipped on Monday. That’s part of my standard process each day. Then yesterday morning, I filed the previous day’s folders in the wrong place. It wasn’t even close. Then, at 1230pm yesterday, I looked at the clock and said, “Oh, it’s time for lunch.” I clocked out and went to the break room for my lunch. When I opened the refrigerator, I saw that my bottle of Crystal Light strawberry lemonade was still in there. At first, I thought I had forgotten to get it, because I always go get my lemonade at . . . uhoh. 1230pm! It wasn’t lunch time!! I eat lunch at 130pm! So, yeah. I’m losing my mind. Hopefully this trend does not continue today.
Baseball seems to be going well. Except for that part where Alex Rodriguez said that stupid thing about how he’s fighting for his life. I’m so disgusted by him right now that I have no other words to say about it. He needs to be locked in a room full of pediatric cancer patients so he can see what fighting for your life really looks like. And I still say that he should be pelted with those blue aluminum beer bottles every time he comes to bat. And every pitcher should throw at him. Every time. Hmm. . . I guess I do have some words. Anyway, the Red Sox remain in first place, and the Rangers are making a run to get back to first, having won eight out of their last ten games. The Evil Empire, on the other hand, are 3-7 in their last ten. That makes me very happy.
(From Great Stories from History for Every Day)
On this date in 1942,
U.S. Marines landed at Guadalcanal, the “first offensive ground operation of the Second World War” for the American forces. It would prove to be the longest battle of the Pacific war, with as many as 28,000 Japanese soldiers dying, about 1600 Americans dying, and around 4200 Americans wounded. “Next to the Japanese, the toughest foe the Americans faces was the female of the anopheles mosquito: over 5,000 troops were incapacitated with malaria.” There was allegedly an epitaph scratched on a mess kit next to one of the graves in the Marine cemetery on Guadalcanal:
“And when he gets to heaven
To St. Peter he will tell:
‘One more marine reporting, sir–
I’ve served my time in hell.'”
Today’s birthday is Don Larsen, born on this date in 1929. Larsen was a MLB pitcher, who played for seven different teams during his 15-year career. His claim to fame is the perfect game he pitched in the 1956 World Series. He is the only pitcher to have accomplished this feat.
Honorable mentions go to Carl Alfalfa Switzer, 1927-1959, Mike Trout, 22, Charlize Theron, 38, David Duchovny, 53, Billie Burke, 1884-1970, Garrison Keillor, 71, BJ Thomas, 71, and Mata Hari, 1876-1917.
Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!
Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:2-4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts! Psalm 125:4 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen! Psalm 72:18-19 May the LORD give you increase, you and your children! Psalm 115:14
Father, may we truly rejoice in you, as you are our Father. Let us praise your name and sing to you daily. I pray for your blessings on us, and I pray for inspiration as I read and meditate on your word. May you give me something that I can take throughout my day today.
Today’s reading in A Year With God is called “The Worldwide Community.” The scripture reading is Colossians 3:9-17.
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Here we see some very basic instructions for the Church. One of the goals of Paul’s teaching is our “fullness or perfection” in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Today, we “worship and pray and serve in company with a vast array of people. No one worships, prays, or serves alone.” Yes, we have been drilling that point repeatedly. But it is a point well worth drilling. We are a “worldwide community of believers who transcend historical boundaries as the communion of saints.” Even when I go to a quiet place each morning around 1030 and pray alone, physically, I am not alone, spiritually, because somewhere in the world, there are others who are praying at the same time as I am. “At once alone, yet joined to the great throng of the faithful across the world and throughout history.” The words of this passage of scripture are well worth reflection.
Father, I pray that you would remind me to meditate on this passage during this day, as I go through the drudgery of the daily existence. In fact, with the help of your Spirit, it does not have to be “drudgery.” Even the most basic daily activities can be dynamic and alive with our hearts and spiritual eyes focused on things above. Let me reflect on the instructions in this passage, and then live them out when I am in community with other believers. May we all live out these basic instructions, showing the world what the Church is really supposed to look like.
I pray for this day today. I thank you for the good report from Christi’s doctor yesterday. I pray that today will be a good day for her at her work. I also pray that her day would be full of you and your Spirit. I pray for Stephanie today. Yes, I seem to pray the same things every day, but they are sincere, daily requests, as I pray for you to surround my family with your steadfast love. Of course, this prayer goes beyond the walls of this house, as I send it out for my parents, as well as Rachel and Justin. Finally, I ask for a good day at my work today, as well, that all of our shipments will go out without issue today.
Your grace is sufficient, Lord.
May we, as a company of believers, put on “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” today. “And above all these put on love.”