Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Living WIthout Jesus, Daily |

Part 45/365: If you are new to this page, here’s a little background. In short, I lost a bet and this is my daily review of the popular Christian devotional from Jesus Daily.

Dear Karen,
Hallelujah! I think I’ve finally found a cure to my insomnia! Well, that’s not entirely true – I don’t get any more sleep than usual, but I do find myself lingering awake in bed much longer, putting off the obligatory drudgery of reviewing this silly repetitive little book. Let’s see what Aaron Tabor has in store for us in today’s devotional:

VERSE OF THE DAY: Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens..” – Psalm 68:19

Blerg… the next time the author quotes Psalms or Proverbs instead of  Jesus (the namesake for this book), I am going to kill a dang kitten! (It’s okay – just like Jesus, they have multiple lives. You should try it!) But, seriously – what is up with Tabor’s love of King David? Get a room, you two! (Maybe Jonathan will join you?)

Today’s Themes:

We are weak, He is strong. I feel like we’ve been through this self-loathing denial of others a couple of times already, but good is indoctrination without repetition.

“If you’ve ever been an armful of grocery bags or full backpack and someone came along to help lighten it, you know the kind of gratitude you feel for such assistance. God provides us the same kind of relief each day.” – Jesus Daily

Really? I can’t remember the last time God carried my damn groceries to my car? Why am I tipping the sweet young gal with Down Syndrome each week? Likewise, when I broke my leg while backpacking, it wasn’t God who carried my pack and essentially carried me back a trailhead for help – it was two atheist professors. As a matter of fact, looking back on all of the “burdens” of my life even as a Christian – whether building businesses or overcoming grief, I can only remember all of the amazing people who helped me survive – no god(s) visible. What, I’m supposed to give God the credit they deserve? Bitch, please… this reminds me of the many times that I’ve been in hospitals as families praise the Lord for their loved one’s recovery as an entire team of surgeons, doctors, and nurses stand in the corner.

Short Secular Alternative Devotional:

No matter how strong you are – physically, mentally, and emotionally – you are bound to be faced with burdens at some point in your life that may seem too difficult to bear on your own. Whether it’s a moving company, a colleague, a friend, or a social worker, you are likely surrounded by others who are there for you in times of need – if you are willing to ask for help. But, shame on you if you thank invisible gods for their selfless contributions of others.

Tomorrow is Valentines’ Day! (I’m sure the author won’t resort to anything cheesy.)
– Horus Gilgamesh

P.S. Yep, I’m finally getting around to putting up a little tip jar.
If you’re a fan of this little project, be sure to check out everything else
I’ve got going on. (Spoiler Alert: I could use your help.)

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