Today is Wednesday, the fifteenth of September, 2021.
Peace be with you!
Seven more days until the end of Summer!
Some weeks, it is harder to remember what day it is. This week, it seems like today should be at least Thursday, but I have worked two full eight-hour days, so far. Today, I go in at 1:00 PM, and work until 5:00 PM. Then I’m off tomorrow and Friday, and work 9:30 to 6:15 on Saturday.
The October work schedule is out, and I will be working every Friday, 9:15-6:15, every Tuesday, 4:15 PM – 8:15 PM, and then alternating Wednesdays (9:15-6:15), and Saturdays (9:30-6:15). Except for the week of October 11, when I will work Thursday, from 12:00-9:00, instead of Wednesday. There is some kind of special “open house-ish” thing going on that evening, and I have been re-scheduled to work that. I’m not sure what I will be doing that evening.
Going by calendar days, I will still be working 3.5 days on alternating weeks, and 1.5 days the other weeks. Looking at the Hurst city pay calendar, though, the will look like this:
One week will be Friday, Saturday, Tuesday The other week will be Friday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Since the first of October falls on Friday, for that first week of transition into October, I will be working Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, for a total of thirty-six hours. But, it will still only look like twenty hours per pay week. Confused? Me, too. Makes my head spin.
And it’s still the best job I have ever had. I’m just going to be really tired on Sunday, October 3. Hahaha!
C is continuing to get more activity in her schedule. Yesterday, she rode the recumbent bike for little bit, and then walked all the way around our block. She is hurting pretty bad, this morning, though, so she took a pain pill. Her PT guy advised that she keep taking at least a couple of those a day. Of course, she was trying to not take any at all. Her follow-up appointment is this Friday morning, at 10:30. I will be driving her to that, since I won’t be working. She may decided to return to working, from home only, next Monday.
Today is Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie Day. I have never heard of this pie, and, while I’m not normally a fan of butterscotch, I am intrigued by this pie, especially its origins. You see, it comes from a popular video game called Undertale. The recipe for the pie can be found in the link on the name of the holiday. I doubt that we will try it, because it looks like it would be somewhere in the neighborhood of a gazillion WW points. But who knows?
The word for today is repentance. Pretty heavy for a WotD. The given definition is “deep sorrow, compunction, or contrition for a past sin, wrongdoing, or the like.” However, the etymology of the word defines it as more the changing of direction. The Hebrew word means to turn back, while the Greek word used by Jesus in Mark 1:15 means “think differently; reconsider.” So the idea of being sorrowful became the meaning much later in history.
Today’s quote is from Edmund Burke, an Irish statesman: “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Significant birthdays on September 15:
Marco . . . POLO!!!! Italian explorer, 1254-1324 James Fenimore Cooper, 1st major American novelist (Last of the Mohicans), 1789-1851 Max Factor, Polish-American make-up artist, 1877-1938 Agatha Christie, English mystery writer (Murder on the Orient Express, Hercule Poirot), 1890-1976 Roy Acuff, American country fiddler, singer (Wabash Cannonball), 1903-1992
Nipsey Russell, American comedian, 1918-2005 Norm Crosby, American comedian, 1927-2020 Julian "Cannonball" Adderly, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader, 1928-1975 Gaylord Perry, American baseball pitcher, 1938 (83) Merlin Olsen, American football player and actor, 1940-2010 Tommy Lee Jones, American actor, 1946, born in San Saba, Texas (75)
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
Sense, by Daryl Madden
In air that surrounds We smell with our nose We feel with our skin From our head to our toes With vision were blessed As we see with our eyes In our mouth and our tongue A tasty surprise In song and in sound With ears we can hear With a drawing beyond Something more does appear In closing our eyes Through wisdom God shares In silence, we still With a sense of a prayer Let’s use our five senses To become aware In knowing God’s love That is found everywhere
I chose this poem, today, because of the message of the last stanza. The idea of using all five senses to become aware of God’s love is truly wonderful.
I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.
(Psalms 7:17 ESV)
Today I am grateful:
1. for Your righteousness, displayed in all that You do 2. for Your faithfulness to Your children 3. for the ability to sing praises to Your Name 4. that if we love You, evidenced by us keeping Your commands, Your fullness will dwell with us 5. that, no matter how bad things look out there, there is hope in You
Scriptures and Prayers from Seeking God’s Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year
ORDINARY TIME – WEEK SEVENTEEN – DAY FOUR
Let them praise the name of GOD— it’s the only Name worth praising. His radiance exceeds anything in earth and sky;
(Psalms 148:13 MSG)
I pause in this quiet moment to reflect on the radiance of the Lord, that exceeds anything in earth and sky.
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph. A song.
God is renowned in Judah; in Israel his name is great.
His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion.
There he broke the flashing arrows, the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.
From heaven you pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet—
when you, God, rose up to judge, to save all the afflicted of the land.
Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.
Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared.
He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.
(Psalms 76:1-3, 8-12 NIV)
After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to their own inheritance. The people served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel.
Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten.
After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals. . . . In his anger against Israel the LORD gave them into the hands of raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.
(Judges 2:6-8, 10-11, 14 NIV)
DWELLING: SILENCE AND MEDITATION
As I remind myself that I am in God’s presence, I read these passages again, asking the Holy Spirit to direct me in my meditations and prayers.
The psalmist, identified as Asaph, speaks of the renown of God. His name is great, throughout Judah and Israel. He writes of the great works of the Lord, which are what causes His name to be renowned throughout the land.
I am intrigued by verse 8. “From heaven You pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet.”
I simply don’t see that happening today. Even among the people of God, there is little fear of His name; there is little reverence. I’m as guilty as anyone. There is so much noise in our world, how can we possibly hear the “gentle whisper” or the “still, small voice” heard by Elijah? Does God still pronounce judgment from heaven? If so, does the land fear and become quiet?
Again, I see little fear of God, at least not in Western culture.
“He breaks the spirit of rulers; He is feared by the kings of the earth.”
I am going to begin to pray more diligently to see these things come to pass. I fear that we have become too much like ancient Israel, in the book of Judges. After Joshua died, things went downhill, quickly. After Joshua’s generation was “gathered to their ancestors” (that’s a fancy way of saying “died”), “another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what He had done for Israel.”
Just pause and consider the tragedy of that statement, and then compare it, perhaps to the USA culture, today. Does the generation that is currently growing up know God and what He has done for us?
This generation in Judges began a tragic habit that is voiced in verse 11: “Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals.”
If you keep reading in the book of Judges, you will see this stated over and over and over and over (get the picture?). It’s a vicious cycle. Israel does evil; God turns His back on them; Israel “repents” and cries out; God delivers them; Israel does evil, and so on, ad nauseum.
The Church of God is in a sad state, right now. That’s the “nation” we need to be concerned with. I have said it before, and will say it again. I am much more concerned with what is going on in the Church than I am with what is going on in the USA. The USA will pass away, maybe sooner than later. The Church is supposed to be eternal. We are the Bride of Jesus Christ, and that “marriage” is going to take place, with our without us.
How sad would it be to believe that we are part of this, only to find out we aren’t, because we were following a human being, rather than God’s Holy Spirit?
I am fully persuaded that God will not abandon His Church. There is no “plan B.” There has only been one plan, since before the foundation of the earth. And the Church has two jobs. Anyone who has read my blog in recent weeks knows what those are. For that matter, anyone who is paying attention to Jesus should know what those are.
Love God; love people (love your neighbor as yourself; love your brothers and sisters in Christ as Christ loves us).
That’s it. All of those opinions that so many “Christians” are so proudly proclaiming and defending are useless and pointless, if we are not being obedient to the Lord and performing those two tasks.
And here’s some wisdom from the little book of 1 John. If you aren’t loving your brother, if you aren’t loving others, then you haven’t done the first job.
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.
(1 John 2:9-11 NIV)
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
(1 John 3:11 NIV)
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
(1 John 3:16 NIV)
And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
(1 John 3:23-24 NIV)
Father, I pray for Your people, today. I pray that we would sit up and take notice, that we would begin to act on Your commands and love one another; that we would forsake meaningless opinions and do what is needed in regard to loving our fellow man. My “rights” are nonexistent in Your kingdom. I surrendered those to You when I gave my life to You. Why is this so hard for some to understand? Have mercy, Lord! Show us the way; teach us Your path; teach us Your truth, that we may walk in Your ways. Restore the joy of Your salvation to Your Church, Father, and do away with all of this awful anger that I see everywhere. Help us to not be like Old Testament Israel in unfaithfulness.
"Glorious God, the moment I give my heart to someone or something apart from You, I'm breaking the first command, and all the others soon topple, too. Keep me looking to You alone, loving, fearing, and honoring You with all my heart. Amen."
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”
(Matthew 5:3 MSG)
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
(John 14:23 ESV)
I pray for peace in our nation, peace in our world. I pray for racial injustice to end, and I pray for the pandemic to be over. Above all else, though, I pray for Your will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven. For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Lord, have mercy on us Christ, have mercy on us Lord, have mercy on us
Grace and peace, friends.