Sunday, July 12, 2015

jerks like us

today's readings: 1 Chron 12:19-14:17, Romans 1:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20, Prov 19:4-5

well, we're taking a second run through David's life, and it's a life that's rich enough and interesting enough to warrant a second pass. but not much new in the reading today.

in the NT, we have crossed from Acts into the Epistles. so there is some theology coming up. this should be interesting. i feel like we travel back in time with Paul today (even though he's a jerk sometimes, his heart is most certainly in the right place) and we see him yearning to visit the Romans, so that he can "impart some gift" to them. in one sense, this is generous and kind of him. in another, it kind of makes him sound like he thinks he's "God's gift to the Romans". :) but i suppose that he was just that, in many ways. so i'll stop picking on him.

i confess i'm excited about moving into Romans. it should make some good devotionals in the coming days. in the meantime, i merely reflect Paul's blessings to the Romans of his day, to YOU the readers of my day. may God the Father richly bless you by the power of the Holy Spirit through the love of Christ Jesus. (i pray this blessing to you, not because i'm anything special (i'm just a silly little sinner, myself) but because ANYONE can bless other people, even me!)

thank You, God, for giving even jerks like me and Paul the ability to bless others.