Running late on everything the last several days. Perhaps tomorrow will be better.
Today is the last day in the month of July. Lord willing, the calendar turns to August tonight.
Lord willing, tomorrow I have a friend coming by to help me apply some sealer to our leaky roof. Dear Wife was able to locate and to acquire two 5-gallon buckets of some aluminized asphalt roof sealer. List prices of this stuff can be as much as $95/ bucket, she was able to acquire them for less than a quarter of that. I have to run out in a bit and buy a couple of the brushes (look like driveway brooms to me) that are needed to do the application. He's lighter than I (and 15 years younger) so is probably a better choice for going up onto the ridge line of the roof. We have a gap in the existing coverage there, a visible gap, which is Not A Good Thing. We're hoping that it's a recent development and hasn't led to structural issues. We hope.
We've been overwhelmed with an avalanche of matters that are not tremendously important but are urgent (at least Wife thinks so) and which devour enormous amounts of time, attention, and energy. Which have eaten up the last 48-60 hours. We got through it all, though I'm not sure that we have a whole lot to show for it, but we made it through. More than that, I am reluctant to say.
I do find myself longing for an old-style "all day singing and dinner on the grounds" event. With singing like this for example.
Yet in the midst of all this scurrying around and "busywork" etc., I had a song in mind, and the memorable phrase from it ringing loud. The song is "Like A River Glorious", with the wonderful phrase, "stayed upon Jehovah ". More completely,
That's pretty good, isn't it? If we are truly stayed upon Him, then no matter what the storms of life, all the busyness that threatens to divert our focus, falls into its proper place and is viewed with the proper perspective on things.
And made possible by Him. But we have to want it, to earnestly desire it.
The Old Testament readings are Psalms 62, 63, and 64.
Am I the only one who reads verse 2 of Psalm 62 and immediately wants to sing, "I Shall Not Be Moved"??
Our reading this morning takes us into a new adventure. Chapter 1 of the Epistle to the Romans.
Every verse, every phrase, every word of this is important.
Some years ago, I was given a study Bible for Christmas. The commentator noted a story of a pastor and Bible teacher. That person had stepped into the pulpit one Sunday, and his text was verse 1 of Romans 1. Period. The next Sunday, the text was Romans chapter 1 verse 2, and he didn't quite finish it. The third week, he completed verse 2 and began verse 3. And so it continue for some 3-1/2 YEARS! NEVER leaving the Epistle to the Romans. And, in that time, the church exploded! They ran out of room to hold all those worshiping and hearing the Word of God!
That is how significant this work is.
I am not nearly so gifted, nor called to preach. And for purposes of this blog, we'll have to go through more quickly. But I earnestly entreat anyone who comes by to treat this text reverently and attentively. The Lord is speaking to us, to all of us, through it. Treat it accordingly.