My Heart Shall Rejoice

Today is Saturday, January 13, 2018. Day 21,856.

75 days until Opening Day.

Trevor Rabin (Yes), born on this date in 1955, said, “When you listen to a Yes album, you should listen to the whole thing through headphones with the lights off.”
I find myself to be in agreement with that statement. Yes is just one of those kinds of bands. Especially albums like Close To the Edge, or Tales From Topographic Oceans. Here is a live recording of Rabin and Yes performing “Changes.”

Today’s word of the day, from, is pseud, a noun, meaning, “a person of fatuously earnest intellectual, artistic, or social pretensions.” What, you might ask, does “fatuously” mean? I’m glad you asked. I had to look it up. It means, “foolish or inane, especially in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly.”

It’s the weekend! We made our Kroger Click List order last night, and will be going to pick it up in about an hour. That’s my kind of grocery shopping!!

R & J are coming over later, for lunch, and so I can give her her license tag window sticker. I think we will go to Cotton Patch for lunch. Perhaps we will play some games after, or watch something on Netflix. Who knows?

There might be some football games this weekend. I’m not sure. 😀 Actually, out of curiosity, I looked it up. People who know me know that I don’t really follow football. So . . . today, the Falcons play the Eagles. Bird against bird. That’s fitting. I will pull for the Eagles. I like green. In the second game, the Titans play the Patriots. I will root for the Patriots. (Sorry, Mama.) Go ahead and hate Tom Brady if you want to. He’s one of the greatest that’s ever played the game. Plus, if you claim to love America, why wouldn’t you root for a team called “The Patriots?” Hmmmm?? I jest, of course. Tomorrow, first game, Jaguars vs. Steelers. That’s a tough one for me. I like Jaguars. The cats and the cars both. But I have a work associate that is a Steelers fan. I think I’ll still root for the Jags. Tomorrow, second game, Saints and Vikings. Another tough one. I’ve always been partial to the Saints, but I have also always liked the Vikings. Fran Tarkenton and all that, you know. I also have a couple of work associates who like the Saints. I’m not calling that one. I’ll root for both teams. And yes, I can, too, do that.

All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 
How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 
Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, 
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. 
But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 
I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 13

I love how this Psalm begins with a kind of lament, but ends with the positive affirmation, “My heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

Relationships are important, especially in the body of Christ. We need one another, and we need to build up one another.

(From The Business of Heaven)
The Visible Church

“If He can be known it will be by self-revelation on His part, not by speculation on ours. We, therefore, look for Him where it is claimed that He has revealed Himself by miracle, by inspired teachers, by enjoined ritual. The traditions conflict, yet the longer and more sympathetically we study them the more we become aware of a common element in many of them: the theme of sacrifice, of mystical communion through the shed blood, of death and rebirth, of redemption, is too clear to escape notice. We are fully entitled to use moral and intellectual criticism. What we are not, in my opinion, entitled to do is simply to abstract the ethical element and set that up as a religion on its own. Rather in that tradition which is at once more completely ethical and most transcends mere ethics . . . we may still most reasonably believe that we have the consummation of all religion, the fullest message from the wholly other, the living creator, who, if He is at all, must be the God not only of the philosophers, but of mystics and savages, not only of the head and heart, but also of the primitive emotions and the spiritual heights beyond all emotion. We may . . . attach ourselves to the Church, to the only concrete organization which has preserved down to this present time the core of all the messages, pagan and perhaps pre-pagan, that have ever come from beyond the world, and begin to practise the only religion which rests not upon some selection of certain supposedly ‘higher’ elements in our nature, but on the shattering and rebuilding, the death and rebirth, of that nature in every part: neither Greek nor Jew nor barbarian, but a new creation.” (Religion Without Dogma?)

Father, as this weekend goes by, may we be more in tune with the need for the relationships of which we are part, both familial and spiritual. May our time with our children by exceptional today. May our worship gathering tomorrow focus as much on the relationships with the people who attend as it does on the sermon or the songs. May we find our most special inspiration from the taking of The Supper as a community of faith. You have loved us. Help us to love one another as you love us. And remind us that you love us just as you love your Son, our Savior.
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.


Good morning. It is Monday, January 13, 2014.

Today is “Skeptics Day.” I’m skeptical about a lot of things. So let that skepticism loose today. Or listen extra carefully to someone you know how is skeptical about something. Perhaps a little healthy dialogue might be in order. Note: I did not say argument. I said “healthy dialogue.”

We had a wonderful time at my parents’ yesterday. We got there around noon-ish, and sat down for some conversation. Then we moved a couple of pieces of furniture for them, freeing up more space for my Dad to get around more easily. After that, we had a nice lunch of tuna sandwiches, chips, and my Mother’s peach cobbler Yum!! After lunch, Christi and I took my Mom to Walmart to fill up their van and look for a new outside trash can. While Christi and Mom were in Wally World, I ran the van through the car wash. When we got back to the house, we all went out to the garage, where Christi and I moved some stuff around for them, opening up some space and getting some storage containers down where they can look through them. We finished up with that, then went back to the den, where we chatted a while longer and casually watched one of the football playoff games. It was a great day, and we felt pretty good about it afterward.

Congratulations to Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams on winning Golden Globe awards for American Hustle.

On this date in 1929, “nearly 50 years after the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” Wyatt Earp died in Los Angeles at the age of 80. (Source:

Today’s birthdays are Horatio Alger, Jr., minister and author, 1832, Robert Stack, actor, 1919, Richard Moll, actor, 1943, T-Bone Burnett, musician/producer, 1948, Trevor Rabin, guitarist (Yes), 1954, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress, 1961, Patrick Dempsey, actor (McDreamy), 1966, Tabith Stevens (fictional character), 1966, and Orlando Bloom, actor, 1977.

Trevor Rabin has been one of the lead guitarists/vocalists that has performed with the prog-rock group Yes. Here is a clip of “Shoot High, Aim Low,” from their “Big Generator” album. Trevor plays and sings vocals along with Jon Anderson.


(From The Divine Hours)

Psalm 115:18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the LORD!
Psalm 142:5 I cry to you, O LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”
Psalm 108:3-4 I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Psalm 84:11 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.
Psalm 25:1-5 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new
day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome
by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose; through
Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Today’s reading in Reflections for Ragamuffins is “The Call on Jesus’ Life.” Jesus, though God in the flesh, still maintained an “all-consuming thirst for the Father.” We must be careful, as well, to note that Jesus’s thirst for the Father, his personal prayer, private devotions, and “delighting in God’s intimate presence” were not accomplished while, at the same time, being oblivious to the world around him and its need for “redemption, justice, and peace.” Jesus had a great desire to “reveal his father in serving the poor, the captive, the blind, and all who are in need.” Jesus’s mission consumed him, and it was the holiness of the Father that drove him. He also never stayed in one place for very long. “Others might stay behind preoccupied with security, sensation, and power, but Jesus went on without stopping, always driven by the vision of the mission that impelled him.” While the demands of our own lives and culture may not allow us to be quite so transient, we cannot afford to perform our devotions, prayers, and Bible studies, and remain oblivious to our world around us. We must engage our culture in our mission to make disciples.

Luke 8:1 Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him.

Father, show me the path to walk in which I will be most effective for you in the task of being a disciple of Christ, and of leading others to be disciples as well. I have been fearful of this task, for some reason. Give me courage to be a disciple. Give me the assurance that you will finish what you have started in me. Show me how to continue my devotion, perhaps even intensifying it, while at the same time engaging the world around me with the gospel. Show me how to present Christ to a needy world without being abrasive or harsh. Show me how to love, how to spread compassion with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I pray for this day, this Monday. I am glad to be alive today, to be walking and breathing. May our drive to and from work be safe. Give us a good work day today, giving us the grace to do our jobs efficiently and well. May we meet all challenges with grace and peace in our lives. Help us to be your peace to those around us during our work day. I pray for Stephanie, that she might be granted understanding and peace today. Show her your path for her.

I pray for Alicia, as she has to make funeral plans today, and for Brandon as he meets with a lawyer. Give them both extreme peace in the face of unpleasant and sorrowful situations. Show them your peace, fill them with your Holy Spirit.

Your grace is sufficient.

The call of Jesus is also on our lives, if we call ourselves “Christian.” We cannot remain oblivious to the needs of our world.

Grace and peace, friends.