Sing To the Lord

Today is Sunday, April 2, 2017. ONE. MORE. DAY!!!

Quote of the Day

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Word of the Day

Platitude ~ a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound.

Today is World Autism Day. It seems like more and more families are having to deal with this mysterious “disease,” for which, to this date, the true cause is still pretty much unknown. There is still a large group that insists that vaccines cause it, but I left that group a long time ago when its main “doctor” was discredited. If you know someone with an autistic child, show them mercy. Not pity. They don’t need your pity. What the need is for you to understand that their child is not “spoiled,” nor is their child simply misbehaving or being stubborn. And I can tell you from experience that there are days when they live a nightmare in real life.

The Night of Worship went well, last night. Not quite as good as the last one, I don’t think, but still pretty good. I know I just about sang my voice out, because my speaking voice is a bit lower than normal this morning.

We’re getting ready for our worship gathering, this morning. We worship with The Exchange, which meets at the Northpark YMCA, at 9100 N. Beach Street in Fort Worth, TX. Our gathering begins at 10:15.


Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God.
Psalm 146:5
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! 
Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies! 
Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.

Psalm 141:3-5
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
Psalm 115:1
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14
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
“Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give me this bread, that he may live in me, and I in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.” (The Divine Hours)

Father, this what I will do this morning. I will sing to you, because you have dealt bountifully with me. As I worship you with the community of saints, this morning, may our voices rise up to you like sweet incense. May our worship be pleasing to you. May our hearts be purified by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. May our souls be joyful in you today.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

The Highest Desire

“Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile.”~~Christy Mathewson

Today’s word of the day, from the Oxford English Dictionary, is nullibiquitous, which means, “existing nowhere.” I guess it’s the opposite of ubiquitous.

Today is World Autism Day. April is also Autism Awareness Month. Since we have a daughter who is high-functioning autistic, this is meaningful to us.

We found out yesterday, at work, that our yearly raises are being delayed at least another quarter. It seems that, on a national level, the company is “underperforming.” We aren’t very happy about this, as we are very aware that our particular facility is making good money, and our customer is extremely happy with us. We were pretty much promised that, not only would merit increases happen in April, but that they would also actually be true merit raises, based on our reviews. After all . . . if raises are going to be across the board flat rate raises, why bother having reviews?

Today is Saturday, and Rachel and Justin will be coming over this evening, to celebrate Rachel’s birthday, which was this past Tuesday. We’ll be going out to eat somewhere.

On this date in 1513, Ponce de Leon, while searching for the legendary “Fountain of Youth,” discovered Florida. He immediately set up a retirement community. You can read the whole story at

Today’s birthdays include:

1805–Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer
1875–Walter Chrysler, American auto pioneer
1891–Max Ernst, German painter
1908–Buddy Ebsen, American actor/dancer
1912–Herbert Mills, American singer, The Mills Brothers
1914–Sir Alec Guinness, English actor
1920–Jack Webb, American actor
1939–Marvin Gaye, American singer
1940–Penelope Keith, English actress
1941–Dr. Demento, American radio personality
1942–Leon Russell, American blues-rock pianist/singer
1945–Linda Hunt, American actress
1947–Emmylou Harris, American singer
1953–Debralee Scott, American actress
1964–Pete Incaviglia, American baseball player

Buddy Ebsen was an American actor who, at least by my generation, was probably best known for playing Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies. Here is a rather strange clip from that show, that I found on You Tube.

Samuel F. B. Morse, Esther Morris, Hermann Rorschach, Gil Hodges, Buddy Rich, and Edwin Starr are among notable deaths on this date.


(From Praying With the Psalms)

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”
These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Psalm 42:1-5

“God is to the soul what water is to the body: an absolute need, felt intensely.” The very fact that we long for him is evidence of “the reality of the God who is there to fulfill our being.”

“‘As pants the hart for cooling streams when heated in the chase, so longs my soul, O God, for Thee, and Thy refreshing grace.’ In Jesus’ name (Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady, ‘As Pants the Hart’). Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

“The Glory That Excels”

So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 9:17

When Paul’s sight was restored to him, he also received “insight into the Person of Jesus Christ.” The rest of his life consisted of nothing other than preaching the Gospel of Christ. “No attraction was ever allowed to hold the mind and soul of Paul save the face of Jesus Christ.”

If we are to be spiritual people, we must have this “concentrated passion” in our lives. “Never allow anything to deflect you from insight into Jesus Christ.” We must fight against things that push to have a growing fascination for us. It sounds so easy, doesn’t it? But it’s not. I struggle daily with things that present themselves to me in such a way as to distract me from Christ. And all too often, they are successful.

Father, strengthen my will, my mind, my imagination, and my spirit, that I might fight harder against these things that draw my attention away from Christ. While it is okay to have “hobbies” and other interests, these things should not occupy the bulk of my attention or desires. May Jesus Christ be my highest desire.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

His Eye Is On the Sparrow

Good morning. It is pre-Friday, April 2, 2015. FOUR more days until Opening Day!! The Rangers had their last Spring Training game yesterday, and will be playing the Mets in two exhibition games in Arlington, this weekend. The Red Sox have three more games in Florida, against the Twins, after which they will travel to Philly for Opening Day. The Rangers begin their season in Oakland.

Today is Maundy Thursday. “Maundy” is a word that designates the washing of the feet of the disciples, by Jesus.

Today’s Word of the Day is paladar. This is a word specific to a Cuban situation, meaning, “In Cuba: a small, independent, family-run restaurant, situated in a private home.” There is a side note of explanation: “The restaurants have operated legally in Cuba since 1995, when the Cuban government passed a law allowing the sale of ‘light foods’ from households.”

Today is World Autism Day, a day set aside in 2007, by the United Nations, to raise awareness of Autism in our world. This disorder (a spectrum disorder, as it includes many other disorders), affects at least 1 in every 150 children, worldwide. It has been alleged that this number is now closer to 1 in 50. As of today, the cause is still unknown, although there are some evidences that it is largely genetic. We have an autistic daughter, Stephanie, who is why I will always make mention of this particular “holiday.”

I don’t have much to write about on a personal level, today, and I was late yesterday, so I need to get moving.

Tonight is Huddle night for Christi and the ladies. I plan to get in some trombone practice and watch The Walking Dead.


My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.
Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.
Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me.
Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.
Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Psalm 25:15-22

(From Knowing Jesus)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21
And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
Luke 9:58
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”‘ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Luke 12:13-21
And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.'” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
Luke 18:18-25
Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Luke 21:1-4

Today’s reading is “Jesus, Liberator from the Perils of Wealth.”

“Perils of wealth . . .” That seems kind of ironic, doesn’t it? But if you read the words of Jesus, in the verses above, it makes more sense. Jesus spoke a lot about money, and perhaps more in the book of Luke than anywhere else. Money is a topic that both the rich and the poor seem to be obsessed about. It can be an idol for both classes of people, and this is one reason that Jesus spoke about it.

Our culture “entices us with the attractiveness of wealth.” It promises us that money can bring “success, happiness, prominence, power, and freedom from worry about where our next meal comes from.” It can buy anything and anyone. Millionaires are not so rare in the U.S., these days, but in Jesus’s day, “poverty, not wealth, was the rule of the day.” Jesus walked in the midst of people who were, by our modern standards, poverty-stricken. There was the one man who asked Jesus that question about inheriting eternal life. But he was unwilling to part with his riches. Then there was the parable about the wealthy farmer who kept “building bigger and bigger barns, without a thought for his own mortality.”

Jesus probably had a comfortable life for about thirty years, after which he “became an itinerant evangelist, living off the land, not in sumptuous hotels.” He shunned wealth, claiming that the animals had better homes than he did. He even told his disciples not to pack extra clothes when he sent them on “mission trips.”

Most importantly, Jesus told us that we “waste our time if we worry about money and about the basics money provides. Why should we worry about money when God takes care of sparrows?”

Rather than striving for money, we should be “rich in faith and hope in the living God who knows all [our] needs.” Jesus demands that we stop grabbing for more money and be more generous, giving to the poor, who will always be with us.

Father, I thank you that these teachings have begun to have a foothold in my life over the past few years. I thank you that you have given us a heart to be more generous, but we could still do more. I pray for opportunities to be generous with our resources, and I pray that your Church would also be more generous with the resources that you have provided her. May we all be on the lookout for ways to help the poor and needy in our communities, and may we be less concerned about money in our lives. You have provided for us, and you will continue. You have always given us what we need. We have frequently sought after (and still do) more than we need. May we be more content with less as we go forward.

I pray for this day, that our travel will be safe and smooth. I pray for Christi’s work day, that she will have less stress today, and know your presence in her work day. Keep Stephanie close to your heart today. I pray that we will take the Gospel with us wherever we go. May you grant my parents and Rachel and Justin exactly what they need for this day. Give us this day our daily bread. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Your grace is sufficient.

May we all be less concerned about money and what it offers. May we trust in the hand of God, which takes care of even the smallest of sparrows.

Grace and peace, friends.