O Lord, to who all hearts are open, all desires known, bless me today,
let my work reflect my best effort, let me be a blessing to others I meet today,
and send me peace. This I ask in Jesus’
name, and send me peace, Amen.
A new and different Bible is coming on the
market lately called simply “Men’s Bible”.
have at least some copy of the Holy Bible. Few have ever read the Bible through. Oh, we start with good intentions and often fall exhausted when we read Numbers
7. This chapter is called by many ‘the most boring chapter’ of the Bible, unaware
that it teaches a strong lesson on generosity.
Now this new
Men’s Bible, and I quote from the article in the Chronicle, “indexes life
events and offers scripture relevant to
the topic.” It encourages men to open their Bible over their morning cup of coffee
to give a bit of God’s Word for the day.
It could also
serve as the Book for Bible study groups in private homes. I pray it will
do what it is intended to do, strengthen our faith for daily living in our stress-filled
The question before the house this
morning is ’what’s going on today?’ The whole day lies before
us. What’s the plan? Where do we start? The answer, at least the first part, lies in the suggestion given by Psalm ll8,24.
“This is the day
that the Lord has made,
Let us rejoice
And be glad
Just think, the sun is shining (at least
here where I am writing this), the hours lie before us, fresh, unused. I am
reading about a storm heading for the northeast and I am where that doesn't bother
I have enjoyed a nice breakfast, tasty, enjoyable, quite satisfying – even had a second
cup of coffee.
of my table mates had an early doctor’s appointment and his ride was urging him
to hurry. And I could lean back, watch him rush away, and enjoy my coffee.
birds are starting to appear from their winter sojourn, and soon there will be
flocks of geese going north. I am always amazed at their unerring sense of
direction and their stamina in their flight.
do look about you this day and “rejoice and be glad in it”, for the Lord has
made this day for you.
It strikes me that describes the lives
of so many people today. They always seem to be in hurry. When they are here, they look as if
they wanted to be there. Never quite seeming to fit in, always ready to try something
new. Never satisfied.
The phrase above does describe them,
doesn’t? And maybe, when they reach total exhaustion, they may be read to
listen to some common sense.
After all, the Lord Jesus Himself
asked his tired disciples, “Come ye aside and rest awhile” Mark 6,31
Resting allows time for reflection. A
time to consider how we may improve the way we work, or the message we send, or
the affect we have in living our lives the way we do.
Resting also allows time to see the
world around us. Look at a bed if flowers, or hear a bird sing, or enjoy a
flock of geese flying north, and marvel a their stamina and the unerring sense
No. life is meant to enjoy, so
join us sensible people, enjoy.
That was advice given to His disciples
by Jesus as He talked at length about life. Here is the entire quote:
“And He said to His disciples, Therefore I tell
you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body,
what you will put on. For life is more than food, and body more than clothing.. Consider the ravens, they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse
nor barn, and yet God feeds them.
How much more value are you than birds. . .O ye of
We have often read those words, and
spoken of them, but so often they sort of pass by, too familiar to really hear them, or heed them.
be anxious”, but we often are. Worrying and fretting seems to be sort of built
into the human system. We just can’t help it.
But it occurs to me God uses such times to
stretch our faith, to add strength and stamina for the days that may lie just
around the next corner.
take a moment to see if that isn't true in your life. Life runs along, going pleasantly, morning coffee, the drive to the office, settling down for a day of
work when the phone rings. Something has happened to upset your serene existence and you are rushing to
wherever you needed to be, and you do find the faith-muscle to deal with the
tragedy, or whatever has happened.
is why Jesus told His disciple that story about the ravens, to help us grow.
Ever have days like this when it seems everything
we are trying to do goes wrong? Plans we had for our day get changed, the work
that lies at hand seems to drag, nothing fits, everything doesn't go as we had
hoped, and everybody seems to have a grudge, and even our God seems far away because our prayers seem to go
If such days come, and they seem to, remember you
are “All the children of God by faith in Chris Jesus, for as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on
Christ.” Galatians 3, 26.27.
That means as a child of God you are not, you are never alone, even
when it seems as your prayers are not heard. God is there, for His name is ‘Emmanuel’,
God with us. Cling to that, mark it well, and live according to it.
Here is a hymn verse to remember:
Your Name most holy,
O Father, Son,
and Holy Ghost.
Claim a place. Though weak and lowly,
Among your saints,
Your chosen host.
Christ, and dead to sin,
now shall live within”.
In the dark days you may face, remember Christ is
at your side, His Spirit dwells in you.
This afternoon the Green Bay Packers
host the Dallas Cowboys in a playoff game. The Houston Chronicle recalled the
first NFC championship played the last day of l967, at Lambeau Field in Green
Bay. It’s simply called the Ice Bowl.
The temperature was 15 when Dallas had
its final practice. Then the temperature plummeted. The wakeup call told them
it was 16 below, with the wind-chill factor often reaching much lower. The
referees had bloody lips when they froze to the whistles, several players
suffered frostbite, and it was simply a game to be endured.
Green Bay won it when Bart Starr
did a quarterback sneak behind Jerry Kramer
in the final 13 seconds. Final score 21 – 17.
If we see the game today, let us be
thankful for the TV sets that make it possible for us to see it without freezing.