Today is Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Day 21,964.
Welcome to May.
12 days until Mother’s Day.
Judy Collins turns 79 today. She said, “Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.” (BrainyQuote)
The word for today is tussie-mussie. I swear I’m not making this up. It’s a noun which means, “a small bunch of flowers or herbs,” or a “a cone-shaped holder for a bouquet.”
We did not go to the Y last night. We had planned to. I even stopped at Subway and got our sandwiches. But as we were changing out of our work clothes, we both agreed that we were just too tired to do it. I’m still recovering from Saturday night, I think. It was so amazing and marvelous, but it took a lot of energy. Then we had to get up and do a mini-version of that on Sunday morning. We are definitely going tonight, though.
The Red Sox struggled early, but took down the Royals, 10-6, last night, to increase their record to 21-7. They also increased their lead in the AL East, as the Yankees and Blue Jays both lost. They also remain the best team in MLB, still by one game. They continue their series with KC tonight.
The Rangers lost to Cleveland, 7-5, making their record 11-19 on the season. They will continue that series, this evening, as well.
The Cincinnati Reds held on to their worst in the MLB record, but only by a half game. The Royals are just barely above them.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah.
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.
Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed!
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!
This is one of my favorites, and is part of the inspiration behind Matt Redman’s “Better Is One Day,” a worship song that I love.
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“They shall be satisfied,” Jesus said. As I have studied, I have discovered that that statement is less a promise and more a simple statement of fact. I believe that Jesus was just stating facts in his Beatitudes. This is the way it is. If you hunger and thirst for righteousness, you will be filled. But you have to know what you are thirsty for.
If you’re thirsty, come to the waters. Come to Jesus who will give you the water of life. Jesus also stated that whoever drinks of this water will never thirst again. Again . . . not so much a promise as a statement of fact.
Drink from the well of living water. Drink deep. You will be satisfied.
Father, thank you for this well, and thank you for making me thirsty for it. If I keep drinking from that well, I will not thirst again. Help me to not try to quench my thirst with things that cannot fulfill. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Pleasures forevermore . . .
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.