Refuge

It’s Monday again. Monday, May 15, 2017. Six days until the family reunion.

Quote of the Day

“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.” ― L. Frank Baum, The Lost Princess of Oz

Word of the Day

Luddite ~ someone who is opposed or resistant to new technologies or technological change.

Today is Chocolate Chip Day. Seriously, do I even need to say anything else about it?

No breaks for the weary band players, yet. We’re back at rehearsals tonight, preparing for our next gig, which will be on July 3, for the Southlake Stars & Stripes event. Then, after that, we’ll get a month off. This year, July 3 is on a Monday, so I have taken the day off from work in order to avoid hassles of getting to the Southlake Town Square early enough to get a parking place.

As already mentioned, this coming weekend will be our “family reunion” in east Texas. I’ll be picking up my mother Friday after work, bringing her back home with me, where she will spend Friday night. Saturday morning, we will load up and head to east Texas (Henderson area) to my uncle’s house (my mother’s twin brother). My cousins will, hopefully, all be there, so the “four Js” will be together again! Maybe even some of their kids, as well. One of them is smoking a brisket for us. Yum! We’ll come back home on Sunday, but C and I have Monday off, too.

Then we get the following Monday off for Memorial Day, and the following Saturday, we will take to the skies to travel to Oregon, where we will spend a week at Rockaway Beach. We are looking forward to some rest and relaxation in the Pacific Northwest, as well as some beautiful scenery. It looks like we will even be in the vicinity of Astoria on “Goonies Day.” Look it up.

The Texas Rangers have won six games in a row, boosting them into second place in the AL Worst West. I think it’s premature to get all excited about this development, though, as two consecutive wins of those six were on walk-off home runs, and the starting pitcher only won one of those six. Still, a “W” is a “W,” no matter how it happens. They are still under .500, though, and 7.5 games out of first place, behind the Houston Astros.

The Red Sox are one game above .500, still in third place, 4 games out of first.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scripture references are English Standard Version, unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

Psalm 103:1-2
Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 
I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

Psalm 16:1-2
I love you, O LORD, my strength. 
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 

Psalm 18:1-2
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, grant me your peace.

Father, as I go out into this new work day, may your Spirit go with me, before me, behind me, and beside me. May I find myself walking with you, in your Kingdom, consistently today. When I am tempted to be angry or frustrated, give me the presence of mind to think first, to visualize Jesus standing between me and whatever circumstance or person that is frustrating me. May I take refuge in you today; may you be “my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
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.