Today is Friday (we made it!), April 27, 2018. Day 21,960.
One more day until our next Night of Worship!
It’s the birthday of Brennan Manning (1934-2013), who said, “I believe that the real difference in the American church is not between conservatives and liberals, fundamentalists and charismatics, nor between Republicans and Democrats. The real difference is between the aware and the unaware.” BrainyQuote
Bonus quote: It’s also Rogers Hornsby’s birthday (1896-1963), who said, “I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.” BrainyQuote
The word for today is treen, pronounced “tree-uhn.” It is an adjective which means, “made entirely of wood.”
C and I went to the Y last night and participated in a T’ai Chi class. It was interesting. I think I like it, but it’s going to take me a while to get all the motions down. It’s very fluid and “graceful,” but, at the same time, takes muscular coordination. It may not be anywhere near cardio, but it is certainly exercise, and some of the movements require balance. I believe I’ll try it again next Thursday.
The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays again, last night, 5-4, to win the series. That’s two consecutive wins for them, and improves their record to 19-5, still four games up on the Yankees in the AL East. The Sox are still the best team in MLB, two games ahead of the D-backs. They go back to Fenway tonight, to begin a weekend series with Tampa Bay.
The Rangers had the day off, and will begin a series in Toronto tonight.
The Cincinnati Reds are still the worst team, with a 5-20 record, but close behind them are the Royals (didn’t they just win a World Series a few years ago?) and the Orioles. The White Sox and the Marlins are also in the bottom five.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
“But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.
Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!
I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.
Those who hate the LORD would cringe toward him, and their fate would last forever.
But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
Some of the saddest words in Scripture, “But my people did not listen to my voice.” God would feed us with the finest of food, if only we would listen to him. Our God is sufficient for our every need, if only we would believe.
I don’t know much about plants and gardens, other than I like to eat some of what they produce. I’ve been frequently skeptical about the idea that touching and talking to plants helps them grow better and stronger, but today’s Daily Guideposts writer, Sabra Ciancanelli, makes it a habit of giving a daily “soft touch” to her tomato seedlings.
This idea is quickly transferred to human relationships. Whether plants gain any benefit from touching and talking, I have no idea. But I know that people most certainly do. While I don’t like being around large groups of people for very long, I do love a good hug, both giving and receiving. The human touch is necessary to survive. I truly believe we cannot exist without it. Even more important, are words. I wrote about words yesterday. It is so very important that we encourage one another in this walk of faith. A kind word can turn a person’s day around. Couple that with a good hug, and a person’s life might be changed. I truly believe this.
So take a little time today to say a kind word, an encouraging word, to someone. If you know someone who is in isolation, reach out to that person. And if possible (and appropriate) give someone a hug today.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Father, I am glad that you made me a person who likes to hug. Give us all a reminder that human contact, physical touch, and encouraging words, are all things that we need to survive in this world. Bring someone my way today who needs a hug and an encouraging word. Then give me the words to say, that I might fulfill that need.
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.