Another day. I'm in pain, Wife is running a fever again. Not a good thing. But we shall get through.
As I sit here at the desk, there is a gray and white cat head-butting my back, wanting attention and chin scratches and all that stuff. I'm not a pet person, but he believes that I am "his" human. As the old semi-joke has it, "dogs have owners. Cats have staff.", and it seems to be true. I am expected to interrupt whatever I am doing and rub his head or something. I'm safe in the shower, but that's about it. But then, I can be a pest as well, and too often have been. They didn't shoot me. OK, a few tried and I have some knife scars here and there, but I'm still around. If the Lord didn't let them kill me, I guess I can let even a pesky cat live as well. And he's better looking, a small distinction to be sure.
The news reports are that there is no electricity at all on Puerto Rico, and many areas may be without power for a year or so. Not good. Now, yes, 150 years ago, there was no electricity on Puerto Rico, and they survived (barely). But there wasn't any to your house in Cleveland or Chicago or Baltimore either, but I don't hear even the most fervent "greenie" types agitating to rip out the wires and go back to cooking over dried cow dung. If so, it escaped my attention. So things are going to be pretty rough there for a good while. Numerous groups are sending help, notably faith-based ones, but they're already pretty stretched due to the storm damage in Texas and in Florida.
And they're still finding bodies, and a few survivors, from the 7.1 earthquake just south of Mexico City. Will be a good while dealing with that.
Trouble all over the place, and getting worse, rapidly.
I came across a column posted by someone I occasionally correspond with, Deanna Chadwell by name. Among her other accomplishments, she's a teacher at Pacific Bible College, in Oregon. The column is up at American Thinker, and it is titled as Holes In Our Heads, a discussion of, and a pointer to, several studies here and here, research indicating that various attitudes and lifestyles, like marijuana use for example, seem to have very visible effects upon the brain itself, particularly in the amygdala, and that this may in part explain the truly bizarre behaviors we are seeing on the lefty loons, the "antifa" crowd, the militant homosexuals, and others. Some discussion on how changes in conduct and belief can affect changes in the other direction. Interesting, and worth the read.
Today's Old Testament read, chapters 1, 2, and 3 of the Song of Solomon, is, to say the least, a bit of a change. Putting it mildly.
It is, incidentally, by no means certain that this came from King Solomon. Jewish scholars place it after the first Exile. It was accepted into the Jewish canon with the "Writings", back around 200 B.C. It seems to be the words between two lovers, husband and wife. Christians frequently class it as indicative of the love between Christ and the Church, which fits.
This is one of those parts of Scripture that, as a kid including certainly as a teen, I NEVER EVER heard mentioned or taught in that little country church. Not once, not ever, it was sort of skipped over as if it did not exist, and that is probably still the case in most churches today.
Song of Solomon 2
Song of Solomon 3
Our New Testament reading is chapter 12 of 2nd Corinthians.
II Corinthians 12