Today is Saturday, June 23, 2018. Day 22,017.
Eleven days until July 4!
144 (gross) days until Fallout 76!
“Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” ~ M.C. Escher, 1898-1972, BrainyQuote If you aren’t familiar with the artwork of M.C. Escher, I give you this.
The word for today is skirl, “of a bagpipe : to emit the high shrill tone of the chanter; also : to give forth music.” Also, “to play (music) on the bagpipe.” Here is an example of “skirl.”
As predicted, we had to work until about 6:30 last night, which is two hours overtime. Makes me not like Fridays, very much, you know. There were some positives for the day, though. To begin with, I stopped at Meat U Anywhere and got brisket breakfast tacos for our little group that goes on break together every morning. The group was both surprised and delighted. They all raved over how delicious they were and were thanking me all day. Then, for lunch, one of the guys went out to a place called Fred’s Downtown Philly and picked up philly sandwiches for a bunch of us (we all paid for our own). So lunch was also delicious. On the downside, I think I gained about two pounds, yesterday.
Today, C is painting the front room of the house. After I finish this blog, I will be getting my charts ready for tonight’s Night of Worship. We will go pick up our Kroger Click List between 1:00 and 2:00 PM, and we will be at the NoW host’s home at around 3:30. We’re looking forward to a great night of worship and fellowship.
Tomorrow morning, we will continue our “Summer of Sabbaths” series at our worship gathering, so I won’t be playing. It’s nice to have a break, but I miss playing during the music.
The Red Sox and Mariners duked it out last night with what looked like a low-scoring football game. The Mariners started off quickly, scoring four runs in the top of the first. The Sox answered with five runs in the bottom of the first. Seattle, however, answered right back with two in the top of the second, and four in the top of the fourth. That made the score 10-5, but that would be all for the Mariners. The Sox scored one in the fifth, three in the sixth, and five in the seventh, to win the game 14-10! Nelson Cruz hit two home runs and seven RBIs for the Mariners (remember him? The Rangers let him get away), but J.D. Martinez got his league-tying 23rd home run, along with five RBIs of his own, including the go-ahead run in the seventh. Boston became the first team to win 51 games, but are still a game behind the Yankees in the AL East. The Yankees lost to Tampa, 2-1.
In the AL West, the Astros lost to the the Royals (the team the Rangers just swept, and the second worst team in baseball), 1-0. The Rangers continued their winning ways, winning their sixth consecutive game (Elvis is in the building), beating the Twins by the score of 8-1. Their record is now 33-44, and they are seventeen games back. Seattle has lost five consecutive games. This ain’t over ’til it’s over.
Interesting stat (to me, at least). All of the fifty-plus game winners are in the AL. The closest NL team to them is Milwaukee, with forty-five wins. ALL of the NL leaders would be in third place in either the AL West or the AL East.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
“Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day:
Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity;
and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
(From The Book of Common Prayer)
Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;
they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
This would be a great Psalm to read at the beginning of our Night of Worship tonight.
Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Beautiful words from the heart of the Psalmist.
I’m currently reading a small book called Power in Prayer: Classic Devotions to Inspire and Deepen Your Prayer Life. It is a compilation of selections from other books by Andrew Murray. The reading I read this morning is called “The Holy Trinity Manifested on the Earth,” and is from his book, Living a Prayerful Life.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13:14
While it seems odd to begin a reading with the last verse of one of Paul’s letters, this little verse packs a “Trinitarian” punch. Says Murray, “God is an ever-flowing fountain of pure love and blessedness. Christ is the reservoir wherein the fullness of God was made visible as grace, and has been opened for us. The Holy Spirit is the stream of living water that flows from under the throne of God and of the Lamb.”
In turn, we, God’s redeemed children, are the “channels through which the love of the Father, the grace of Christ, and the powerful operation of the Spirit are manifested on earth and imparted to others.”
The verse above imparts all of this in just a few words.
What also becomes evident is this amazing partnership in which we participate! God has made us partners in dispensing his grace to the world! We spend time in prayer for our own needs, but this is just the beginning. We also have power “as intercessors to bring the grace of Christ and the energizing power of the Spirit upon those that are still in darkness.”
“The more we yield ourselves to fellowship with the triune God, the sooner we will gain the courage and power to intercede for others.” We might need to read that again.
“The more we yield ourselves to fellowship with the triune God, the sooner we will gain the courage and power to intercede for others.”
I believe that we have under-emphasized the Trinity for far too long in our churches. Our pastor has been pretty big on Trinitarian things for a few years. And the more I read Dallas Willard (and others like him) the more appreciation I have for the necessary aspects of the Trinity, as well as the need for Trinitarian fellowship in our churches. Some churches are all about the Holy Spirit and only want the “gifts of the Spirit.” Unfortunately, this is all about public displays and personal recognition for gifts such as the more popular “speaking in tongues” and “prophecy.” Other churches only want to emphasize Jesus and evangelism. Nothing wrong with either one, of course, but there is more to the Trinity. Still other churches overemphasize the Father with hardly any word about Jesus or the Holy Spirit. These become high and lofty, almost ethereal, and virtually, “no earthly good.”
We, as the channels, must be closely connected with the reservoir (Jesus), so that the stream of water (the Spirit) can “flow unhindered through it.” The more our prayers are occupied “with the fullness of Christ and the Spirit who proceeds from Him, the more firmly will we abide in fellowship with Him and the more surely will our lives be full of His joy and strength.”
“God is an ever-flowing fountain of love and blessing, and I, as His child, am a living channel through which the Spirit and His life can flow on earth every day.”
I am a living channel. I must stay connected to the Trinity.
Thank you, Father, for being an ever-flowing fountain of love and blessing. Thank you, Jesus, for being that reservoir of grace, displaying the fullness of the Father. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for being the stream of living water, flowing from the Father, through the Son, into us. Make me a living channel; maintain that flow into me; help me stay connected. Lead me not into temptation and deliver me from evil.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
Grace and peace, friends.