Another in a loong string of days with the temperatures 15-20 degrees below the average for this time of year in these parts. I am told we were to be all the way up to 36° today which is slightly above what we've been suffering lately, but even that is about 14° below the 50° average that one of the weather sites displays. I'd certainly prefer that higher value. Would actually prefer the record high, which is around 71°. But I don't get a vote in these things. (Or much else).
Do I gripe about the weather around here? Sure. Always have: I was born about 45 minutes south of here and lived in this area until 1992. Moved then into better climes. Miss those climes, but I guess there was a reason we were sent back.
We were next door most of the day with the Little Guy, the great-nephew. Fun for all, but he's a lot more energetic and active than I am these days, certainly more so that Wife is, or that his sister, the great-niece, was at that age. Hmmm. Can I get in trouble for saying that boys and girls are different in many ways? Probably can, but I care not.
"We'll Soon Be Done With Troubles And Trials"
What A Meeting In The Air
just FYI, the three featured singers here had just been notified their brother would not live through the night. The rest of the crowd knew him well, loved him dearly. Thus, this song. The tears you see are real, but the faith in a future is also real.
Today, the completion of the book of Amos. Now, remember that we are in that portion of the Old Testament often called the "Minor Prophets". Now, that does not imply of minor importance: there's some important stuff here, and, besides, we do wrong considering anyone who is faithfully carrying out the mission the Lord assigned as being of little worth. But the books themselves tend to be shorter than, say, Isaiah or Genesis or, even, the Psalms. So we've only been in Amos a few days. Tomorrow, Lord willing, we will look into the the entire book of Obadiah. There will be more like it. But don't regard them as unimportant, for they are not.
By the way, I've occasionally mentioned that some of these names are still with us, some are virtually never used these days, and some are rare except in certain groups. Well, I have several members of the family tree (though none current, so far as I know) who bear the name of Amos. Just a mention.
There's some pretty grim stuff here. But, please note, that even the worst of the judgments do not wipe out the nation totally. There is a better day coming. That's always something to hang onto, that no matter how dark the hour, for those who the Lord loves, there is a future.