Hmmm

I am writing this tonight (4/1) so that I will have a blog post for tomorrow. I don’t want to go another two months without posting. Like I said, I have been busy and there have been a lot of things that I am dealing with in the real world but I would still like to post regularly, even if not every day.

I have been sitting here finishing up the PowerPoint for my sermon. I have been preaching through the Minor Prophets and I’ll be tackling Micah next. I have also been listening to old DeGarmo & Key albums. I don’t know what inspired that other than my buddy Phil mentioned them earlier today when I was talking to him. I never really got into them back in the day but I am really enjoying them now. I think Mylon & Broken Heart may the next group I check out.

Chris is watching some of the later Toho Godzilla movies (one of the channels is having a marathon today) while I’m waiting for UNC and Oregon to play basketball. Marcus is lively this evening which means he’s probably feeling better. He’s fighting an ear infection and has been pretty sick for the past day or two. I’m glad he’s getting better. Sick kids are heart-breaking. I’m looking forward to the ball game and I really hope the Heels win it all (especially after losing on the last shot last year) but it won’t be the end of the world if they don’t.

I wonder how difficult it would be to find these first few D&K albums on vinyl. They are pretty good. Imagine Styx with overtly Christian lyrics and slightly less prog influences. The vocals are pretty tight and there is some cool synth work on these first two. They came out in 1978 and 1979 so they were way before I discovered Christian rock. That wouldn’t happen until 1986. I kinda wish I had known about this stuff back then.

UNC barely beat Oregon. I guess I have one more game to watch on Monday night. Have a good one.

Grace and peace

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I’m Here

Psalm 69 in the New Living Translation reads this way:

 

Save me, O God,
    for the floodwaters are up to my neck.
Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire;
    I can’t find a foothold.
I am in deep water,
    and the floods overwhelm me.
I am exhausted from crying for help;
    my throat is parched.
My eyes are swollen with weeping,
    waiting for my God to help me.
Those who hate me without cause
    outnumber the hairs on my head.
Many enemies try to destroy me with lies,
    demanding that I give back what I didn’t steal.

O God, you know how foolish I am;
    my sins cannot be hidden from you.
Don’t let those who trust in you be ashamed because of me,
    O Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Don’t let me cause them to be humiliated,
    O God of Israel.
For I endure insults for your sake;
    humiliation is written all over my face.
Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me;
    they treat me like a stranger.

Passion for your house has consumed me,
    and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
10 When I weep and fast,
    they scoff at me.
11 When I dress in burlap to show sorrow,
    they make fun of me.
12 I am the favorite topic of town gossip,
    and all the drunks sing about me.

13 But I keep praying to you, Lord,
    hoping this time you will show me favor.
In your unfailing love, O God,
    answer my prayer with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mud;
    don’t let me sink any deeper!
Save me from those who hate me,
    and pull me from these deep waters.
15 Don’t let the floods overwhelm me,
    or the deep waters swallow me,
    or the pit of death devour me.

16 Answer my prayers, O Lord,
    for your unfailing love is wonderful.
Take care of me,
    for your mercy is so plentiful.
17 Don’t hide from your servant;
    answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble!
18 Come and redeem me;
    free me from my enemies.

19 You know of my shame, scorn, and disgrace.
    You see all that my enemies are doing.
20 Their insults have broken my heart,
    and I am in despair.
If only one person would show some pity;
    if only one would turn and comfort me.
21 But instead, they give me poison for food;
    they offer me sour wine for my thirst.

22 Let the bountiful table set before them become a snare
    and their prosperity become a trap.
23 Let their eyes go blind so they cannot see,
    and make their bodies shake continually.
24 Pour out your fury on them;
    consume them with your burning anger.
25 Let their homes become desolate
    and their tents be deserted.
26 To the one you have punished, they add insult to injury;
    they add to the pain of those you have hurt.
27 Pile their sins up high,
    and don’t let them go free.
28 Erase their names from the Book of Life;
    don’t let them be counted among the righteous.

29 I am suffering and in pain.
    Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.

30 Then I will praise God’s name with singing,
    and I will honor him with thanksgiving.
31 For this will please the Lord more than sacrificing cattle,
    more than presenting a bull with its horns and hooves.
32 The humble will see their God at work and be glad.
    Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.
33 For the Lord hears the cries of the needy;
    he does not despise his imprisoned people.

34 Praise him, O heaven and earth,
    the seas and all that move in them.
35 For God will save Jerusalem
    and rebuild the towns of Judah.
His people will live there
    and settle in their own land.
36 The descendants of those who obey him will inherit the land,
    and those who love him will live there in safety.

I know I pretty much disappeared for all of February and March. Real life has been challenging lately. Outside of preparing for lessons and sermons, I haven’t had much to say. I have been slowly (but surely) reducing my presence on social media. This wasn’t necessarily planned. It just started to happen. Things in the real world are sometimes overwhelming. I’ve been trying to spend more time focusing on that. I was honestly surprised when I checked up here and realized that I hadn’t posted since February 2nd. I apologize. I have been busy. I’ll keep popping back up here from time to time but I don’t know how often it will be.