Today is Saturday, May 12, 2018. Day 21,975.
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day!
“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” ~ Robert Heinlein (1907-1988)
The word for today is truthiness, a noun, which means, “the quality of seeming to be true according to one’s intuition, opinion, or perception without regard to logic, factual evidence, or the like.” This definition was actually invented by Stephen Colbert in 2005.
The Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays, 5-3, in the bottom of the twelfth inning. But the Yankees lost, as well, so they remain in a tie for both first place in the AL East, and the best MLB record. Their record is 26-12. The series continues this afternoon.
The Rangers pulled off a 1-0 shutout over the Astros in Houston! Cole Hamels apparently pitched quite well, only giving up one hit. The Rangers’ record is now 16-24, and they are eight games out in the AL West.
It’s a busy day today. We’re dropping C’s car off for an oil change at Auto Nation at 7:45. The ONLY reason we are going there is because they cross-threaded the oil pan plug the last time they did it, so when C tried to take her car elsewhere, they would not have been able to do the oil change without extra expense to break off the plug and put on a new one. You can rest assured that we will never go back to Auto Nation (this used to be Alan Samuels’ dealership) for anything. The service is unacceptable.
After that, we have a memorial service to attend, and I will be accompanying Brandon on a song during this. Then we go pick up C’s car, take it home, pick up S, and head to Mineral Wells to visit with my mother for Mother’s Day.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!”
For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.
You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed.
You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!
The timelessness of God is emphasized in this Psalm. “From everlasting to everlasting you are God,” and, “a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday . . ., or as a watch in the night.” We cannot even begin to fathom this in our finite minds. We are so bound to time, and God is not. He exists in all times at once. For a long time, I have called this characteristic “omni-chronological.” This is one reason for us not to worry about what will happen tomorrow. God is already there. He has already handled it, and even if it turns out unpleasantly for us, he is still in control, and everything will be alright.
(From The Business of Heaven, C.S. Lewis)
We Must be Ready at All Times
“Precisely because we cannot predict the moment, we must be ready at all moments. Our Lord repeated this practical conclusion again and again; as if the promise of the Return had been made for the sake of this conclusion alone. Watch, watch, is the burden of His advice. I shall come like a thief. You will not, I most solemnly assure you, you will not see me approaching.”
Jesus gives us examples. The home owner knows not when the thief will come. The servant doesn’t know when his employer will return from lunch. The student doesn’t know which part of the literature will be on the test. The soldier on duty doesn’t know when the enemy will attack or when his superior will come for an inspection. The return of Jesus is utterly unpredictable!
“There will be wars and rumours of wars and all kinds of catastrophes, as there always are. Things will be, in that sense, normal, the hour before the heavens roll up like a scroll. You cannot guess it.”
Hawaii is close to exploding, as I write this. There have been earthquakes. The United States is on the precipice of war with several other nations. Many people look at these things and say, “the end must be near.”
We have been saying this since I was a child.
No one knows the day or the hour. That’s why, as Jesus proclaimed, we must always be awake and alert and ready.
Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
Father, I have been like a foolish bridesmaid for far too long. Give me oil for my lamp, that I might be ready. Keep me awake and alert during these dark times, that I might be ready, should the day come for the sky to be “rolled back as a scroll.”
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.