Today is Sunday, March 3, 2019.
Only eleven more days until our Glen Rose weekend!!!
Quote of the Day
“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”
Elbert Hubbard, U.S. author, 1856-1915
The Quotations Page
Word of the Day
Melic ~ intended to be sung. (Dictionary.com)
It was a restful day, mostly, yesterday. I got all the things done that needed to be done, while C rested. S is feeling better, this morning, and is planning on going to church with me. I don’t think C is going, but I’m not 100% sure of that, at this moment in time.
I’m getting ready for our worship gathering, this morning. We worship with The Exchange Church, which meets at the Northpark YMCA, at 9100 N. Beach St., in Fort Worth, TX. Our worship gathering begins at 10:15.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Today I am grateful:
1. For the majesty of God, displayed all over the earth.
2. That He is, truly, mindful of us. How amazing is that?
3. That He has put it in my heart to praise and worship Him.
4. For another opportunity to worship God with others.
5. That this life involves relationships.
Lord God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ triumphed over the powers of death and prepared for us our place in the new Jerusalem: Grant that we, who have this day given thanks for his resurrection, may praise you in that City of which he is the light, and where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
(The Book of Common Prayer, A Collect for Sundays)
(From Faith That Matters)
Today’s reading is “A Christian Vision of Spirituality,” by Dallas Willard.
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
“In the Christian version of personalized spirit and spirituality, the spiritual life takes on the character of a personal relationship between individuals, with the attendant features of reciprocal attention, care, provision, assistance or service, emotional interaction, expectations, comfort, joy, and development or growth.”
That’s a long sentence. The short version is that, in Christian spirituality, we are not alone. I cannot do the Christian life alone! It is simply impossible. Willard goes on to say that the entire book of Psalms illustrates this, showing the spiritual life being “understood as an interactive relationship between persons in a personal as well as ‘natural’ order.”
Get ready for another long sentence.
“This vision of life on a personal, spiritual basis in the kingdom of God is extended, for the Christian, in the person and teachings of Jesus (the Good Shepherd) in such a way as to include all of humanity, at their choice, without regard to any kind of personal, social, or cultural status, ethnic or otherwise, and to allow the individual participant to have the dignity and power to achieve a good life and become a good person.”
Again, to summarize, in the spiritual life, we are together, we are supposed to be together in Trinitarian relationship with one another, serving and loveing one another as Jesus demonstrated in His life, and we are to do this irrespective of any kind of distinction in other persons, race, sex, social status, economic status, or otherwise.
If you’re trying to worship/love God by yourself, you’re doing it wrong.
Father, I am grateful that You have drawn me into this kind of spiritual life. While there are certainly times when we need to be alone with You, in silence and solitude, the bulk of our lives are spent around other people, with whom we must interact. Help me to be more like Jesus during those times of interaction, both with other believers and with those who do not believe. Help me to serve Christian and non-Christian alike in my daily walk with You. And help me to acknowledge my need for help when I need it.
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.
Soli Deo Gloria!