Today is Sunday, May 5, 2019.
FOUR DAYS until Vegas!!!
Quote of the Day
“Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.”
Michel de Montaigne, French essayist, 1533-1592
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Word of the Day
Avenaceous ~ of or like oats. (Dictionary.com)
We had a marvelous time last night! As we approached the venue, we decided upon a place called “The Thirsty Lion” for dinner. It is billed as a “gastropub.” It was a little pricey, but the food was delicious. And they have Scotch Eggs!!!! I can usually only get those at Scarborough Faire! What is a Scotch Egg, you ask? Also known as a Scottish Egg, it is a boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, breaded, then deep-fried. The only issue we had was the service was a bit slow. Unfortunately, for them, at least fifty percent of the clientele last night was made up of people going to the My Favorite Murder show, and we all had to be there before 8:00 PM. We got there at 6:00 and got seated pretty quickly. We were pushing 7:45 by the time we got our check. There were two tables next to us that also had MFM fans, and we were all nervously looking around for our waitress. It all worked out fine, though, and the food was delicious.
The show was really great. They started a bit late, but it was a great show. Karen’s story was the Texas Cheerleader Mom Murder, which wasn’t really a murder, but only got as far as a planned murder. I remember that story. Georgia’s story was the story of a little girl named Vicki Lyons, from Big Spring, Texas, who was run over in the parking lot of the newspaper where her mother worked. She didn’t die, but had a long road of recovery. They finally figured out who did it, but it took a long time, because the person didn’t stop. It was a hit and run. Again, not a “murder,” but still an interesting story.
At the end of these shows, they typically call on a fan to come up and tell a “home town murder” story. But last night was different. Instead of that, they had a special guest, none other than Skip Hollandsworth, who writes for Texas Monthly. Texas Monthly, by the way, was a major source of Karen’s cheerleader mom story. Also, I have just subscribed to Texas Monthly again. I used to get that magazine years ago, but stopped. After last night, I decided I wanted it again.
Anyway, we had a great time, and we really liked the venue at the Toyota Music Factory. It’s a very nice area.
Quick recap of baseball scores. The Rangers got ahead of the Blue Jays early and held on to win 8-5. Lance Lynn got the win. That put them at 15-16, and back in third place, still three games out of first. They play again today at 2:05 PM, with Drew Smyly pitching for Texas. The Red Sox scored nine runs in the third inning and five more in the fourth. They beat the White Sox 15-2. Eduardo Rodriguez got the win. They are in third place in the AL East, 5.5 out of first. They play again this afternoon at 1:10 PM, with Rick Porcello taking the mound.
We are getting ready for our worship gathering, this morning. We worship with The Exchange Church, which meets at the Northpark YMCA, at 9100 N. Beach Street. Our worship gathering begins at 10:15.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the LORD.
Today I am grateful:
1. For another opportunity to worship together with our church family
2. That I don’t have anything else to do today, so it will be a nice day of rest
3. For coffee (yes, I know I say that a lot)
4. For the hope of the redemption of our world
5. For hope for our future as believers
O God, whose blessed Son did manifest himself to his disciples
in the breaking of bread: Open, we pray thee, the eyes of our
faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work;
through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth
and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one
God, now and for ever. Amen.
(The Book of Common Prayer, Collect for the Third Sunday of Easter)
(From Faith That Matters)
Today’s reading is “Our True Future Christian Hope,” by N.T. Wright.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
“All our language about the future is like a set of signposts pointing into a bright mist. The signpost doesn’t provide a photograph of what we will find when we arrive but offers instead a true indication of the direction we should be traveling in. The New Testament image of the future hope of the whole cosmos, grounded in the resurrection of Jesus, gives as coherent a picture as we need or could have of the future that is promised to the whole world, a future in which, under the sovereign and wise rule of the creator God, decay and death will be done away with and a new creation born to which the present one will stand as mother to child. What creation needs is neither abandonment nor evolution but rather redemption and renewal; and this is both promised and guaranteed by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This is what the whole world’s waiting for.”
I used to believe that the world (and universe) as we know it was all going to perish in some kind of grand explosion or burning. I no longer believe that. I believe that our “heaven” will actually be the renewed and re-created earth, totally beautiful and majestic. I have no idea what that’s going to look like, and, as Mr. Wright, I think that even though our information from Scripture is like a signpost “pointing into a bright mist,” we have enough. Both the ideas of “secular humanistic progress,” and “divine abandonment are hopeless. In Christ we await our full re-creation.” That is the truth Christian hope for our future.
Father, thank you for this hope; thank you for the signpost that leads into that bright mist of our renewed and re-created earth. May our future always be bright with you. That you for the promise made through the resurrection of Jesus.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
Revelation 22:17, 20
Grace and peace, friends.