Today is Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Hump day.
20 days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training.
“The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.”
P.G. Wodehouse, British humorist and novelist, 1881-1975
The Quotations Page
The word of the day is ondful. It means, “Malicious; spiteful, envious.” Also, “malicious or envious people as a class.” (Oxford English Dictionary)
I have begun checking my glucose level several times a day, now, and the after-meal results are certainly eye-opening. Yesterday, two hours after breakfast was 199, and two hours after lunch was 200. Ouch! This morning’s fasting check was 167, though, which is significantly lower than yesterday’s, so progress is being made already.
We plan to go to the Y tonight. We took last night off to look at my resume and some possible job openings that are closer to home.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High.
Today I am grateful:
1. For C, who is always willing and eager to help me with things.
2. Again, for the opportunity and commitment to improve my health.
3. That God knows the difference between what I want and what I need.
4. For the “easy yoke” of Jesus.
5. For enough light for the next step.
Almighty Savior, who at noonday called your servant Saint Paul to be an apostle to the Gentiles: We pray you to illumine the world with the radiance of your glory, that all nations may come and worship you; for you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
(The Book of Common Prayer)
(From Faith That Matters)
Today’s reading is “Enough Light For the Next Step,” by Henri J.M. Nouwen.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
We want to be able to see into the future. We would love to be able to see what’s coming tomorrow, or where we will be in five or ten years. Or maybe some of us don’t want to know, right? Typically, we have just enough light to see the next stop, what we need to do next, or, if we’re fortunate, what we need to do tomorrow. Says Nouwen, “The art of living is to enjoy what we can see and not complain about what remains in the dark.” If we focus on that light that shows us the next step and trust in that light that God provides us, “we can walk through life with joy and be surprised at how far we go.” So, rejoice in the “little light we carry and not ask for the great beam that would take all the shadows away.”
“All we’re guaranteed is today. Tomorrow is the Lord’s to give as well as reveal.”
I have a thing that I say. I didn’t make it up, but heard it from a sports guy on a local radio station that I listened to years ago. He would always say, “See you tomorrow, if the Lord says so, too.”
Father, I am grateful that You give me light enough for the next step. I suppose there are times when I would love to see what’s coming down the road. But most of the time, I am content to walk in the light that You have given. Help me to rejoice in that and not complain about what I cannot see. And I will trust in You and the light You give.
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.
Soli Deo Gloria!