God, Work, and Reality

Today is Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Four days until our family reunion. I said six yesterday. That was wrong. Should have been five.

Quote of the Day

“Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.” ― Studs Terkel

Word of the Day

Forgettery ~ a faculty or facility for forgetting; faulty memory.

Today is Biographers Day. Truthfully, no matter what topic you are into, biographies can be inspiring to read.

Band practice was fun last night. We started rehearsing music for the July 3 concert, so there are a lot of marches, which are always fun for trombones. Plus we are doing an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, as well as a couple of Aaron Copland tunes, “Lincoln Portrait” and “Hoedown” from “Rodeo.” Good times.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS

(From The Divine Hours)
All Scripture quotations are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
Psalm 31:23
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.
Psalm 119:147
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.
Psalm 118:28
Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.
For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. 
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, 
that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. 
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. 
For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. 
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. 

Psalm 33:1, 4, 18-22
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

(From Living the Message)

This almost goes hand in hand with the Studs Terkel quote above. Eugene H. Peterson’s reading for today is called “God Constitutes Our Work.”

He says, “The moment we drift away from dealing with God primarily (and not merely peripherally), we are no longer living vocationally, no longer living in conscious, willing, participatory, relation with the vast reality that constitutes our lives and the entire world around us. The storm either exposes the futility of our work (as in Jonah) or confirms it (as in Paul). In either case, the storm forces the awareness that God constitutes our work, and it disabuses us of any suggestion that in our work we can avoid or manipulate God. Once that is established, we are ready to learn the spirituality that is adequate to our vocation, working truly, easily, fearlessly, without ambition or anxiety, without denial or sloth.”

Sounds very complex. but what I take from this is that we need to be willing to deal with God in every aspect of our lives, not just our “church life.” True reality is the kingdom of God. Until we recognize that, our lives are going to fall short.

So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.
Philippians 3:15-15 (The Message)

Father, I have believed this to be true for a long time, yet I don’t always practice it or live as if I believe it. Help me, today and every day, live my life in the reality that you are all there is; your Kingdom is truth; your Kingdom is the only reality.
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.