Today is Friday (WOOT!!), August 10, 2018. Day 22,065.
Only NINE more days until S turns 25!!!
“The least of learning is done in the classrooms.” ~ Thomas Merton, 1915-1968, The Quotations Page
The word for today is agora, “the place where a popular political assembly met in Ancient Greece, originally a marketplace or public square.”
I’m feeling a little better each day, so that’s good. I made it through the whole day, yesterday, without taking any more DayQuil. I still took some NyQuil before going to sleep, last night, though. I’m also using Flonase in the morning, which I think helps clear up the nasal stuff.
While disappointment is still in the air, I’m looking forward to worshiping with our Exchange family, this Sunday. Then we will be in Mineral Wells, next Sunday, as we celebrate S’s birthday with Grandma.
The Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays, last night, 8-5, as Rick Porcello took a rare loss. They are now 81-35 for the season, eight games up in the AL East.
The Rangers lost to the Yankees (bad for the Red Sox), 7-3. They are now 51-66, 22.5 games back in the AL West, eighteen games back in the AL Wild Card.
The longest current winning streak is held by those Yankees, with four wins in a row.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.
On the willows there we hung up our lyres.
For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill!
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy!
Remember, O LORD, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem, how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare, down to its foundations!”
O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us!
Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!
This is what is known as, if I am getting the word right, an imprecatory Psalm. While I don’t plan, any time soon, on praying for someone’s babies to be dashed against the rocks, I think a good “takeaway” from this Psalm is the idea of not forgetting our “home.” Obviously, there is nothing that literally applies to me in this Psalm. I’ve never been in Babylon, I’ve never been in captivity, I am not from Israel. However, all of us who call the name of Jesus are, in effect, in “exile.” We are “not of this world.” Our true home is somewhere else. Therefore, we must remember that. We must not forget our Jerusalem, which is, ultimately, heaven, wherever that turns out to be. And one of my highest joys should be the anticipation of the life that I shall someday share with the Trinitarian God.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.
There’s an old spiritual song that you may be familiar with. “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands.” He’s got the tiny little baby; He’s got you and me, brother; He’s got you and me, sister. On and on it goes.
Guess what! As cliche as it sounds, it’s true. The Lord truly does have the whole world in His hands. “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” (Emphasis added)
Perhaps that is something to ponder today.
Father, I, for one, am grateful that You have the whole world in Your hands. I don’t want to think about how . . . well, never mind. If You didn’t, there wouldn’t be a “whole world.” There wouldn’t be me. So, thank You for everything. Thank You for this world in which we live, fractured as it is. Thank You for the grace and mercy that You display to all, even to ones who refuse to acknowledge Your existence. Thank You for the promise of heaven, and the existence of the Kingdom of God right now. Thank You for inviting me to join this Kingdom.
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.