Today is Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Day 21,887.
One day until Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent, if you aren’t aware, which is the forty-day season leading up to Easter). This year, it happens to coincide with Valentine’s Day, as well as the day pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training.
Peter Gabriel (co-founder of Genesis), born on this date in 1950, said, “I think it is the weak and the young and the minorities that you need to look after to get a healthy creative environment – to get a lot of choices, a lot of different styles of music, a lot experimental stuff that everyone else feeds off.”
The word for today, from Dictionary.com, is Aesopian, an adjective which means, “conveying meaning by hint, euphemism, innuendo, or the like.”
C made it through her first day back at work. This morning, she still doesn’t feel great, but she’s going back in. We’re hoping she’s on the down side of this stuff, with just the residual coughing left. Unfortunately, that sometimes lasts weeks.
On a positive note, I broiled some nice ribeye steaks for us, last night, which we ate along with some broccoli and salad. We had originally planned to have this Sunday evening, but C did not feel like eating anything Sunday night, so we put it off. I did a fairly good job on the steaks. Slightly over-cooked, but still delicious.
It’s still up in the air, as to when we’ll make it back to the Y. We will go back, though. I’ve managed to drop fifteen pounds, this year, and I want to keep going.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.
I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like a green laurel tree.
But he passed away, and behold, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found.
Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace.
But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.
The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
Roberta Messner reminds us, this morning, in Daily Guideposts 2018, that, in terms of being friends, we seldom do better than eighty percent. It’s true, I suppose. How many of us fulfill the statement from Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times.” I dare say we struggle to love our spouses one hundred percent of the time, much less another person in our lives.
As for me, I’ve not been a great “friend” to anyone, I fear. I’ve been pretty much a loner all my life. Sure I’ve had “best friends.” I could name a few right now. But the last “best friend” I had, I’ve only seen once in the last twenty years, I think. Oh, sure, we’re still friends, and I still love him, which is what makes friendship a great thing. But have either one of us been “good friends” to each other?
Kerry Livgren and AD recorded a song years ago, called “The Only Way To Have A Friend Is To Be One.” And the best example we have of this is, of course, our Savior. Jesus is that friend who “loves at all times.” He is truly the best of best friends. He will never fail us, even when we fail him. Then he give us that commandment. “Love one another as I have loved you.” That’s more than eighty percent.
I’ve got a lot of work to do.
Father, teach me to be a “friend.” Teach me, Lord Jesus, to love as you have loved. Teach me, Holy Spirit, to walk in the paths that the Father and Son have laid down for me.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22
Grace and peace, friends.