YMI -- ODB: 23 April 2019

Apr. 23rd, 2019 04:42 am
[personal profile] sparowe

ODB: SEEING THE LIGHT

April 23, 2019

READ: Matthew 4:12–25 

 

On those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2

On the streets of Los Angeles, a homeless man struggling with addictions stepped into The Midnight Mission and asked for help. Thus began Brian’s long road to recovery.

In the process Brian rediscovered his love for music. Eventually he joined Street Symphony—a group of music professionals with a heart for the homeless. They asked Brian to perform a solo from Handel’s Messiah known as “The People That Walked in Darkness.” In words written by the prophet Isaiah during a dark period of Israel’s history, he sang, “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” (Isaiah 9:2 kjv). A music critic for The New Yorker magazine wrote that Brian “made the text sound as though it had been taken from his own life.”

The gospel writer Matthew quoted that same passage. Called by Jesus from a life of cheating his fellow Israelites, Matthew describes how Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy by taking His salvation “beyond the Jordan” to “Galilee of the Gentiles” (Matthew 4:13–15).

Who would have believed one of Caesar’s tax collector thugs (see Matthew 9:9), a street addict like Brian, or people like us would get a chance to show the difference between light and darkness in our own lives?

— Mart DeHaan

How has the light of Christ affected you? In what ways are you reflecting it to others?

Father, in the darkness of our lives, please help us see the light of Your Son, our Lord and Savior.

Source: Our Daily Bread

[personal profile] littlereview
Evening Storm )

Monday involved a bunch of laundry and boring work interspersed with two Latios raids -- caught a shiny, plus found a shiny Buneary and random shiny Mareep, so that was fun! Plus I walked several miles thinking that it was the last day of Eggstravaganza double distance credits, only to find out that that's tomorrow, but it was a really gorgeous day so it was well worth it. I didn't do anything for Earth Day besides sign some petitions and admire a lot of flowers, so I owe the planet some more attention.

We watched Legends of Tomorrow, which was touching as well as funny -- I need to catch up on the first two seasons this summer. Then we watched Sunday night's Billions, which was neither touching nor funny and Wendy's behavior toward Taylor is confusing me. The Enemy Within is confusing me even more and kind of aggravating me. In honor of that lovely Mareep, here are some of the sheep and lambs at Mount Vernon, moms and babies in the upper paddock, dads and non-breeders in the lower farm:

2019-04-21 14.30.17
Washington's Sheep )

a blurry photograph

Apr. 22nd, 2019 05:25 pm
[personal profile] beachglass
The tree azalea overwhelms the evening with its scent,
defining everything and the endless fields.

Walking away, suddenly, it slices off and is gone.

The visible object blurs open in front of you,
the outline of a branch folds back into itself, then clarifies—just as you turn away—

and the glass hardens into glass

as you go about taking care of things abstractedly
one thing shelved after another, as if they were already in the past,

needing nothing from you until, smashing itself on the tile floor,
the present cracks open the aftermath of itself.


-martha ronk

Happy Earth Day!

Apr. 22nd, 2019 12:01 pm
[personal profile] seleneheart
I watered my new plants. And I voted. That's how I'm celebrating. And wearing an Earth Day shirt.

I had planned a nap for later, but the people behind me are getting a new roof today, so it's noisy. And I don't have any window treatments on most of the windows on that side of the house. It faces north, and I have lots of plants that like the diffuse light.

After voting, I went by Michael's to grab some sterling silver fish hook style earring wires. I have a pair of earrings that I love but the wires turned a terrible color once the plating wore off, and sometimes they irritate my ears. After consulting with a friend ([personal profile] uisgich) who makes jewelry, I discovered that the process was pretty simple. The new wires appear to have the '925' stamped onto them, indicating that they really are sterling. In any case, the new ones look much better.

Last night, I watched Love, Simon, a cute, teen rom-com. Where's the ones for the girls though? Then onto Game of Thrones. spoilery thoughts and uninformed speculation )

I read the first book 22 years ago when it first came out, but was very busy at the time and decided that I didn't need another unfinished, epic fantasy series in my life. I finished the book, and never picked up another one. Yesterday, I made a pact with a friend, that if GRRM ever finishes the whole thing, I'll go back and read them all, even A Game of Thrones. Assuming I live that long.

Gonna go make avocado smoosh on toast for lunch.
[personal profile] sparowe
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.


Thoughts on Today's Verse...

God is not only our protector; he is also our helper. Even when our world seems to be crashing around us, he is there. He will deliver us from death or deliver us through death. He will deliver us from evil or he will deliver us to overcome evil. Our task is to trust that in the midst of our earthquakes and tidal waves we are not alone or abandoned.

My Prayer...

Holy God, I pray for those today who are in the middle of life's earthquakes. You know those for whom I am concerned. You know I care about their struggles which are too big for me to mitigate and too painful for me to truly bring comfort. I ask you now, to bless them, be with them, and please deliver them quickly. You are our only true hope and Jesus is our only sure redeemer. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.


The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.
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