Today is Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Day 21,937.
April 4. The day Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot.
It’s the birthday of the great outfield, Tris Speaker (1888-1958), who said, “The Babe was a great ballplayer, sure, but Cobb was even greater. Babe could knock your brains out, but Cobb would drive you crazy.” (BrainyQuote)
It’s also the birthday of Muddy Waters (1915-1983), who said, “I wanted to definitely be a musician or a good preacher or a heck of a baseball player. I couldn’t play ball too good – I hurt my finger, and I stopped that. I couldn’t preach, and well, all I had left was getting into the music thing.” (BrainyQuote)
Finally, it’s the birthday of Maya Angelou (1928-2014), who said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (BrainyQuote)
The word for today is mythoclast, a noun which means, “a destroyer or debunker of myths.” Probably not a very popular person.
We made it to the Y, last night, and had a decent bit of exercise. We also signed up for their free “Life Change Challenge” sessions, in which we each get three sessions with a personal trainer, just to help us get on track for our goals. S is really excited about this, and we will consider continuing personal training sessions for her if this works out well.
I got a jury duty summons in the mail, for April 19. My boss is going to love that. That was sarcasm.
It took them thirteen innings, but the Red Sox beat the Marlins 4-2, last night. They are 5-1 on the season, and have set some crazy team records. For example, the starting pitcher has not given up more than one run in all six of their season-opening games. That has never been done in the team’s history. They are off tonight, and their home opener is tomorrow against the Rays.
The Rangers finally won another one, as well, beating the Athletics 4-1 behind a more solid Cole Hamels. They are now 2-4 on the season. They play the A’s again tonight.
There is now only one undefeated team, Pittsburgh, who didn’t play yesterday. The Royals and Padres both won their game yesterday, so there are no more winless teams.
156 left to go.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.
Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?
You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.
You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.
I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.
My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.
And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long, for they have been put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.
Some good words for an elderly person in the closing verses of this Psalm. Indeed, the Lord has taught me from my youth, from my childhood. Sadly, I didn’t always listen. But I believe that he will not forsake me into “old age and gray hairs.” I pray for the ability to proclaim his might to “another generation.” And I may not praise him with a harp, but I will praise him with an electronic keyboard and a guitar, as well as with my lips and tongue. Praise be to the Lord for his mighty acts and wonderful gifts!
Father, loosen my lips! Teach me praise! Give me songs of praise to sing loudly to you! Thank you, Lord, for teaching me since I was a youth, and I pray that I never become too proud to keep learning. I am learning things in this period of my life that are astonishing me, and I love that!
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.