Your Will Be Done

Good morning. Today is Thursday, the twenty-fourth of February (did I almost just type “July??”), 2022, in the seventh week of Ordinary Time.

May the peace of Christ rain down on you today.

Day 23,359

Well, there is no snow on the ground, this morning. At least, not yet. It is cold, currently 22 degrees outside. And there is a very fine sort of mist in the air, so there is moisture out there. I could feel it, but couldn’t see it. Why was I out there, you ask? I was mailing a confirmation form for S, to the SSA office in Austin. We have a doctor appointment on March 22, for an evaluation in their ongoing effort to determine if she is still eligible for disability benefits.

We received word, last night, that the library will be closed today. I got text messages from both my manager and the circulation manager.

I know that I indicated at the end of yesterday’s blog that we had heat by that time. I’ll give a little more detail, here. We have to get a new circuit board for our heating unit. The tech indicated that he thought the blower motor might be going out in the near future. It might last another five years, or it might not last the rest of this year. One of those scenarios. He also kind of suggested that we might be better off replacing everything. Outside unit, inside unit, the whole shebang. We’re talking seven to eight grand to do that.

Now, let me say that I do not think this was a money-grabbing effort. From previous experience with this company and family, I trust them, highly. There was no pressure at all, just a suggestion. At this time, though, we are only going to replace the circuit. However, we are aware that 1) the heating system in the attic is as old as the house, almost 23 years old; 2) the outside A/C unit is at least fifteen, possibly seventeen, years old. So there’s that. We’ll be spending just over seven hundred for the new circuit board. But that includes yesterday’s visit, the parts and the labor for installation. He is supposed to come Saturday to replace that.

In the meantime, he has hardwired the system, bypassing the board, so that the heater will work. The blower is on, non-stop, because of that, but that’s not that big a deal.

C is working from home, today. She came home early, yesterday, which was good. I was nervous, the whole time she was on the road, and was quite relieved when she walked in the front door. The roads were mostly dry, but there were isolated spots where the early morning sleet had accumulated, one being a small bridge between our house and the next major intersection.

So we are all safe and warm, this morning. Unless, of course, the madman in charge of Russia, right now, decides to nuke us all.

I have no agenda for today, other than finishing this blog and writing a book review blog. Oh . . . I just remembered . . . I’m supposed to start soup for dinner. Be right back.

Thanks for waiting.


Gratitude Is the Way, by Daryl Madden

Gratitude is the way
That the heart remembers
Thoughts of kindnesses
Loving, glowing embers

Everyday blessings
Cherished interactions
Gifts of surprise
Acts of compassion

We honor and acknowledge
By remembering
Of the many ways
The ripples these acts bring

Through the soul of others
Of sacrifices giving
Of how we have been shaped
By both the dead and living

This poem was inspired by the following quote from “the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude,” Robert Emmons. “Gratitude is the way the heart remembers––remembers kindnesses, cherished interactions with others, compassionate actions of strangers, surprise gifts, and everyday blessings. By remembering we honor and acknowledge the many ways in which who and what we are has been shaped by others, both living and dead.” As you know, gratitude is something that I have stressed and tried to live for a number of years, now. Every day, I share at least five things for which I am grateful. This is not to appear “super-spiritual.” It is, hopefully, to inspire gratitude in others, because, “Gratitude Is the Way.”

Please take a look at more of Daryl’s poetry at the link provided.

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 
(Matthew 5:44-45 ESV)

Today I am grateful:

1. for all the saints who try their best to live by this scripture passage
2. for the ultimate will of God in all things that happen in our world
3. for the good things that happen when we sing
4. that, just like the wind, though we cannot see God, we can see the effects and results of His working
5. for the freedom I experience in Christ; freedom from sin, freedom to love unconditionally
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. 

Today, in Spiritual Classics, by Richard J. Foster and Emilie Griffin, I’m continuing to look at the “prayer of prayers,” as examined by early twentieth-century mystic, Simone Weil. The phrase today is “Your will be done.” I have believed, for many years, now, that this is the safest prayer to pray.

“Your will be done.” It is the one prayer that we can pray that is sure to be answered 100%.

Simone Weil makes some bold statements about this phrase. “We are only absolutely, infallibly certain of the will of God concerning the past.” I agree with this. As fallible, faulty, sinful humans, we cannot be certain of what God’s will is, going forward. Even regarding our interpretations of Scripture, we cannot be. We fancy ourselves wise, and think we have some things figured out, but we don’t really. Every opinion we have, concerning the future will of God, is based on prejudicial presuppositions. Therefore, we can only be 100% certain of the will of God, looking backward.

Everything that has happened, looking backward, can be said to have been the will of God. This is really tough for us to agree with, because some terrible things have happened in the history of the world. But hear this: if we cannot say that this is true, then God is not fully in control of our world, and our faith in Him is useless.

When we pray “Your will be done,” we are asking for what already is. And we are asking, not for internal realities, such as holiness, and so forth, but for what will happen “in the time order. Nevertheless we are asking for the infallible and eternal conformity of everything in time with the will of God. . . . We have to desire that everything that has happened should have happened, and nothing else. We have to do so, not because what has happened is good in our eyes, but because God has permitted it, and because the obedience of the course of events to God is in itself an absolute good.”

Any objection to the above comes out of ignorance. And trust me, I have been plenty ignorant, over time. This ignorance is necessary, because we are not God. Therefore, all of us, every single one of us, is ignorant when it comes to completely understanding the ways of God in this world. Because we are not Him.

We will still pray for things according to our own desires and incomplete knowledge. This is inevitable. But we couch these prayers in the caveat of “Your will be done.” And remember . . . Jesus did the same thing in the Garden of Gethsemane. And also remember . . . the cross of Christ, where God, Himself, incarnate died for us, the most horrible event that has ever happened in history (in human eyes), was the will of God.

“When men and women get their hands on religion, one of the first things they often do is turn it into an instrument for controlling others, either putting or keeping them ‘in their place.’ The history of such religious manipulation and coercion is long and tedious. It is little wonder that people who have only known religion on such terms experience release or escape from it as freedom. The problem is that the freedom turns out to be short-lived.” ~ Eugene H. Peterson, in Symphony of Salvation, “Free from Within,” the chapter on Galatians

I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
(Psalms 9:2 ESV)

My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.
(Psalms 71:23 ESV)

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.
(Acts 16:25-26 ESV)

Great things happen when we sing.

Today’s prayer word is “wind.” Wind is an interesting thing. You can’t see it. It is invisible, because it is nothing more than moving air, and you can’t see air.

Christina Rossetti, nineteenth century English writer, is quoted as saying, “Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I but when the trees bow down their heads, the wind is passing by.”

There is also a quote by Billy Graham that has been used in many places. “I’ve never seen the wind. I’ve seen the effects of the wind.”

Wind can be gentle and comforting, a gentle breeze on a beautiful fall or spring day. Or, it can look like this:

I remember that day. God is a lot like the wind. In fact, the Holy Spirit is described multiple times in the Bible, as wind. But we cannot see God, can we? We can see the evidence and effect of God, but we cannot see God. And, in addition, God can be gentle and comforting, or He can be awesome and destructive, as has been proved many times in Scripture.

The writer of today’s reading, identified only as “Barbranda,” says, “The Almighty One reminds me of the ever-moving wind: I can’t see Him, but I know He’s there.”

Incidentally, wind is needed to fly, which was yesterday’s prayer word.

Father, I believe in You, as You know, even though I cannot see You. I am grateful for the many ways that I can see evidence of Your work, in my life, and in this world. I am grateful for the times when Your presence comes in like a gentle breeze, as well as for the times when You rush in like a hurricane. I trust You and Your will implicitly, believing that You will, as Your Word promises, work out all things for our good. This helps me look back on world events that humans see as horrific and trust that, somehow, in the grand scheme of things, they were included in Your ultimate will. I will never claim to understand the workings of these things, though, because I am not You, and Your ways are infinitely higher than mine.

God, wonderful things happen when we sing. Paul and Silas were released from prison, because the earth shook. Other wonderful things happen. Over and over, the Bible depicts Your people singing Your praises after You acted in marvelous ways for them. I pray for more opportunities to sing. I pray for future opportunities for Your people to gather and sing Your praise together and pray together, because great things happen we the saints gather and pray and sing.

I pray for our world right now. Scary things are happening, Lord, so I pray for protection for Your people. I pray for Your hand on the events surrounding Ukraine, right now. I pray for peace. I pray for leaders to have wisdom and mercy. And I pray, “Your will be done.”

All glory to You, through the Son and by the Spirit.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

Your Will Be Done

Good morning. Friday hath come! It is Friday, September 27, 2013. My favorite month of the year is almost upon us!

Today is “Ask A Stupid Question Day.” Go ahead. I’ll try to answer it. 😀

Yesterday was a pretty good day for me. Christi said she had some “emergencies” at work, which always have a way of causing major stress. But we managed to make it to the gym after work, after which we finally settled on tile, coping, and plaster colors for our pool renovations, which will be coming up shortly, hopefully.

The Texas Rangers squeaked out a win last night over the Angels, on a Jurickson Profar home run in the bottom of the ninth. But, alas, it was, once again, to no avail, as both Cleveland and Tampa won their games. Those two have now both won seven consecutive games. So the Rangers’ playoff hopes slowly dwindle away. The Red Sox clinched their division last week, and with three games left, have a two game lead over the Oakland Athletics for home field advantage in the playoffs.

Today’s birthday is Marvin Lee Aday, born on this date in 1947, in Dallas, TX. Oh, I’m sorry. You probably don’t know him by that name. You probably know him by his stage name, “Meat Loaf.” 😀 I’m sharing a clip of his song, “Paradise By the Dashboard Light.” Warning. . . some may find this song offensive. I think it’s hilarious. Anyway, here it is.

Honorable mentions go to Avril Lavigne, 29, Gwyneth Paltrow, 41, Anna Camp, 31, William Conrad, 1920-1994, Samuel Adams, 1722-1803, Tamara Taylor, 43, Mike Schmidt, 64, Bud Powell, 1924-1966, Randy Bachman, 70, Don Cornelius, 1936-2012 (I don’t remember hearing that he had died), Harry Blackstone, Sr., 1885-1965, and James Dole, 1877-1958.


Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! Psalm 105:4
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!
Psalm 27:7-9
I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4

Father, this morning’s verses have a theme of seeking your face, seeking your presence. I will seek your face for as long as I shall live, and pray for a stronger, more intimate relationship with you each day. Show me your ways as I look into your word this morning. “Hide not your face from me.”

Today’s reading in A Year With God is called “Your Will Be Done.” The scripture reading is Matthew 6:9-10.

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

How many of us pray that God’s will be done, but then subconsciously add, “As long as it’s what I want?” However, one of the basic tenets of the Christian life is that God knows what is best for us, better than we do. If we got everything that we prayed for, we might be in a bit of trouble. “For the next ten days we will try to experience the freedom that comes from setting aside our own will and self-interest.” The challenge is to, rather than asking questions or guidance of God, to “try to live each day with an attitude of surrender rather than struggle.” Perhaps even asking God each day what can be done to better live a life of submission (the current discipline being examined). The goal is to “discover ways to submit to God in matters large and small.” Here is a quote from Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster:

“At the beginning of the day we wait, in the words of the hymn
writer, ‘yielded and still’ before Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The first words of our day form the prayer of Thomas a Kempis,
‘As thou wilt; what thou wilt; when thou wilt.’ We yield our
body, mind, and spirit for his purposes. Likewise, the day is lived
in deeds of submission interspersed with constant ejaculations
of inward surrender. As the first words of the morning are of
submission, so are the last words of the night. We surrender our
body, mind, and spirit into the hands of God to do with us as he
pleases through the long darkness.”

Pray Without Ceasing: A Thirty-One-Day Course, by Andrew Murray

What to Pray: That All God’s People May Know the Holy Spirit

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own. . . 1 Corinthians 6:19

“The Holy Spirit is the power of God for the salvation of men.
He only works as He dwells in the church. He is given to enable
believers to live as God would have them live, in the full
experience and witness of Him who saves completely.
“Pray that all God’s people will come to know the Holy Spirit
and His function in their lives. He will reveal Jesus to us and
empower us to be His witnesses. We cannot expect to live as
effective Christians in prayer or in service without having the
fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives. If you believe in the Trinity,
do not neglect the Holy Spirit.”

How to Pray: Laboring Fervently in Prayer

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. Colossians 4:12

“To a healthy person, work is a delight, and that person works
hard at what interests him. The believer who is healthy–has a
clear conscience, a pure heart, and a desire to serve God–labors
fervently in prayer. True intercession is fervent prayer for others:
that they might stand perfect and complete in all the will of God;
that they may know what God expects of them; how He calls
them to live; and that they might be led by and walk in the Holy
Spirit. Labor fervently in prayer that all of God’s children may know

Father, I pray for all of us who name the name of Jesus Christ, that we may know the power of the Holy Spirit. May we not, as suggested, neglect the Spirit. He is an equal member of the Holy Trinity, and many Christians either ignore him or treat him as a lesser being. In truth, it is the Holy Spirit who resides within us, giving us power to live each day, giving us a mind to understand the reading of the scriptures. Without the Holy Spirit, none of us would understand what we read when we read your words. So I pray for each of us, that we may know the Spirit intimately. I also pray for more of a spirit of fervent prayer within the Church. May we have that clear conscience, that pure heart, and that desire to serve you, that we may labor fervently in prayer. I pray that each of us, brothers and sisters in Christ, may stand, “perfect and complete,” before you, Father. I pray that we all may know what you expect of us, how you have called us to live. Let us be “led by and walk in the Holy Spirit” each day.

May we also work more to be in submission to you each day. May we truly pray, at the beginning and end of every day (not to mention throughout the day), “Your will be done.” May we mean it when we say it, not just be making vain repetitions. Let us truly set aside our self-interests and pray that your will be done in every situation. Teach us to submit to you in all things.

I pray for this day, that Christi and I will have a smooth work day today. Give us rest this weekend, and may we worship you with all of our being on Sunday morning, as we gather together as one body to praise you. I pray, as always, that you would show Stephanie your steadfast love, overwhelming her with your peace. I also pray for your peace in Rachel and Justin’s lives, as they continue their studies. May you strengthen their minds and hearts as they study, preparing for their future.

I lift up a special prayer this morning for our friends, Josh and Joy, as they head out on a family vacation to Disney World. May they have a restful and peaceful time of fun and relaxation. As peaceful as it can be with four small children, anyway. 😀

Your grace is sufficient, O Lord!

“Your will be done. . .” is a prayer that can never be wrong. Unless, of course, you don’t mean it.

Grace and peace, friends.