Today is Tuesday, the thirtieth day of May, 2023, in the first week of Ordinary Time.
May the peace of Christ dwell within you, today!
My Wordle for today:
Wordle 710 5/6*
This one was an interesting progression. My streak is now at 51 days. Yesterday’s word was “mouse.”
We had a lovely holiday, yesterday. Everyone seems to be feeling gradually better. By “everyone,” I mean C and I. I went the whole night without any meds, last night, and haven’t had any, other than my standard, daily ones, this morning. C went to work, today, so I guess she’s feeling better, too.
Instead of normal hot dogs, we wound up having crescent roll dogs, topped with chili, last night. That was S’s idea, and I was actually able to get a grocery delivery from Kroger, to get the rolls (along with a few other things). My cooking left a little to be desired, though, as the rolls were a little doughy on the bottom, and I think I burned the chili a little. But it was still good.
The Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 5-0. Nathan Eovaldi (7-2) got the win, pitching five shutout innings. He struggled with control, walking a few and giving up four hits, but surrendered no runs. Corey Seager popped a three-run home run in the fifth inning, which was enough to win the game. Seager has been amazing since he came back from the IL. The Rangers are now 34-19, in first place in the AL West, three games ahead of the Astros. They play Detroit again, this evening, at 5:40 CT, in Detroit. Martin Perez (6-1) will start for Texas.
The Red Sox were off, yesterday. They begin a series against Cincinnati, today, in Boston, at 7:10 ET. Brayan Bello (3-2) will start for Boston.
Tampa Bay leads MLB at 39-17, with Texas in second place at 34-19. Oakland won a game! They are now 11-45! The Yankees, the Marlins, and the Reds all have three-game winning streaks. The Pirates and the Other Sox both have three-game losing streaks. The Rangers lead in run differential, with +128. Oakland trails with -194. Boston stays at +11. Tampa Bay has the most runs scored, with 335. Texas is right behind them with 334.
Today is a normal Tuesday. I will be shelving (or whatever needs doing) at the library, this evening. I expect there to be some shelving to do, as the library was closed, yesterday. But one never knows. I will be heading to Subway to pick up lunch and dinner for the family.
I almost forgot. C has the dreaded colonoscopy on Thursday morning, so she can’t eat any solid food at all tomorrow.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. (Psalms 90:14 NRSV)
Today I am grateful:
- that I am satisfied with the steadfast love of the Lord
- for the ability we have to help one another, rather than burden one another
- that when we wait on the Lord, our strength is renewed
- that if we do not grow weary in doing good works, we will be rewarded
- that the heavens declare the glory and righteousness of God
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits— who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, (Psalms 103:1-3 NRSV)
Lord our God, O Holy One, we thank you that we may lay aside our own nature and be lifted in spirit above all that is temporal and human and have joy in you. In spite of all the evil surrounding us, in spite of the thousandfold misery of humankind, we may still rejoice in you, in all you do and will yet do for us. Grant that we may go on rejoicing, having joy together, helping instead of burdening each other, until this earth is filled with the jubilation of those you have so richly blest. Forgive us all our sins. Heal us in mind and body. Deliver us from all the corruption that tries to take hold of our souls. Amen.
Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD; give praise, O servants of the LORD, . . . Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for he is gracious. . . . For I know that the LORD is great; our Lord is above all gods. (Psalms 135:1, 3, 5 NRSV)
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge. (Psalms 50:2, 6 NRSV)
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
(John 14:11-12 NRSV)
Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. May Your kingdom come, and Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
"Holy Father, creator and sustaining wisdom of all that is, both in heaven and on earth, take from me those thoughts, actions and objects that are hurtful. Give me instead those things that are profitable for me and all who seek rightly to praise you. I ask this grace in the company of all believers and through the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who is, with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen." (The Divine Hours)
A voice cries out: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken." (Isaiah 40:3-5 NRSV)
A voice says, "Cry out!" And I said, "What shall I cry?" All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:6-8 NRSV)
See, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep. (Isaiah 40:10-11 NRSV)
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31 NRSV)
So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.
(Galatians 6:9 NRSV)
“But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
(2 Chronicles 15:7 NRSV)
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
(Philippians 4:13 NRSV)
It is the truths of Isaiah 40 (“Do you not know? Have you not heard?”) that lead to the faith and courage to believe that we can, indeed, do all things through Christ, who strengthens us.
The Lord gives power to the faint; He gives strength to the powerless; He renews our strength so that we can run and not be weary and walk and not faint. In this strength, in the waiting on the Lord, we can not grow weary in doing what is right, assuring that we will reap at harvest time. We can take courage and know that our work will be rewarded.
We are not working for God’s approval; we are not working for salvation. That has been accomplished. We are working for our God. The “works” that I do, I do because I love my Lord; I love the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Of course, I want to make them happy; I want to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant.” That motivation always exists.
But I also need to remember that there is nothing that I can do to make God love me more than He already does. Neither is there anything I can do to make Him love me less.
Do you no know? Have you not heard?
I have heard. I have known. I have tasted and I’ve seen that the Lord is good.
Father, I praise You for the strength that You give us when we simply wait on You. There are a lot of possible definitions as to what that means, but that doesn’t matter right now. What matters is that we wait on You. We look expectantly to what You will do in and through us.
Father, help us to have an impact on this world that seems to be spiraling out of control. We believe that it is not, and that “history” is right on track. But that is only because we are trying to step back and look at the “big picture” of Your story and what You have planned for us all.
I pray that all of Your people would calm down and rest in You, with confidence that You know what You are doing and have everything under control. You do not need us to “control” anything (as if we could, anyway . . . more and more we are proving that we humans are incapable of controlling even the simplest things). You have it all in Your hands. We sing it, sometimes, “He’s got the whole world in His hands,” but something tells me we aren’t too sure we believe that.
I believe! Help my unbelief! And when I think I can’t do it, remind me that I am, in fact, doing it.
Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!
Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayers!
May the LORD bless you and protect you.
May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26 NLT)
Grace and peace, friends.