Our Daily Bread

     Our Daily Bread is a devotional that I follow.  Some days it seems totally irrelevant to my life, other days spot on.  Today is one of the latter.  Today’s verse has to do with how God used Gideon for his purposes and how he provided Gideon with the necessary resources.  It caused me to reflect upon the people who God brought into my life while in prison and how he used them and now how he is using me in other peoples lives.  This comes at a time when I was feeling a bit down and really having some difficulty seeing any purpose to my existence.  This comes to me today as I am having a conversation with a former customer, someone who had a website here more than a decade ago, and who is going through some difficult mental issues primarily with anxiety.  Now I know that all the years I suffered with anxiety do have some purpose because otherwise I could not identify with what this person is going through.

Judges 6:11-16   King James Version (KJV)

11 And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.

12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

14 And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.

16 And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.


Last Shot

     This is the last shot I got off before my camera battery went dead, before the fireworks display started. My camera battery failed to charge properly because it got too hot in the house and the thermal cut-off in the charger that prevents exploding the lithium ion battery shut down the charging prematurely.


Walking toward Lake Washington

     Yesterday, went to Kirkland to watch fireworks over Lake Washington.  Unfortunately, my camera battery didn’t charge properly because it was too hot and the charger batter decided it was fully charged when it was almost empty so I didn’t get any pictures of the fireworks.  But I did get this photo walking down the hill the lake as well as a few before sunset shots.


James 3:2-10

     Today, Our Daily Bread focuses on James 3:2-10.  I can particularly related to this as I have a habit of speaking without considering the consequences, but it also relates to a subject that has gotten under my skin a bit lately, and that is the gay takeover of the rainbow as their symbol when those of us who know the Bible know it was intended to serve as a covenant between God and the Earth, which was a promise to never again flood the whole land.

     A lot of people take that to mean, the next time God decides to wipe man out would be by fire instead of water, but I don’t believe that God would give his sons life, even for three days, to save us from our sins, if that were the case.  To be sure, I do believe a final battle between good and evil is coming, and I do believe there will be a lot of carnage, but the Bible is clear on which side will win and so we only need to choose the winning side.

     So the challenge I felt was, how do I remind people of the original meaning of the Rainbow without attacking the gay community, and I chose to do so by simply doing that, reminding people of the original meaning and that we all, gays, straights, and everyone in between need the gift of life that Jesus provides for us.

James 3:2-10King James Version (KJV)

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.