26 August 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Friday, 26 August 2016

Sigh.  The last Friday in August.  A week from now, Lord willing, will be shudder September.  Yuck!!  Meaning Winter, an Ohio winter, a NORTHERN Ohio winter at that, is not far away.  Yuck!!

Up early this morning, and that after a not-much-sleep night.  Wife has a doctor appointment.  Doctor moved earlier this year, he'd been just a couple miles from here, more than walking distance, but no big deal.  He is, like all too many these days, essentially a well-compensated employee of one of those healthcare systems based around a couple of hospitals and clinics, all forced upon an unwilling nation by the vile wretches who force the abomination of Obamacare upon us.  He started to "get the drift" of Big  Changes coming, and shifted from one of these systems to another.  As a result, we now have to make a l-o-o-o-o-o-ng drive to around the southern third of the county south of us.  We're located around midway in this county, so we're going a long way.  Not just as the crow flies, but the trip about requires driving on the various Interstates and limited access highways.  Brings us out about half a mile from our destination, but the miles traveled are not quite double what the crow flies distance would be.  So instead of a 5-10 minute drive, it's about a 45 minute drive.  Each way.  So, for her 08:00 appointment, we left at 07:10, got there about 07:51.  In there for a bit under an hour, then home.  We had some deliveries due today, courtesy of UPS and the US Mail, and we needed to be there to receive them.  So home.  Finally stuff arrived while she was taking a nap.  She woke.  We had errands to run, one being to the cell phone joint to deal with a minor issue.  Afterwards, she needed to a prescription filled, one they were calling in.  So we went to the Big Box store whose pharmacy was to fill the prescription.  Which they hadn't received yet.  We had them call the doctor, went and got some fill-in items, came back.  Doctor office hadn't picked up phone, they left a message, we promised to come back tomorrow.  Home.  En route home, got an urgent message from next-door niece: she got called into work early, so we flew in the drive, made a sandwich for Dear Wife, and she went across the back yard to help "watch" the Little One.

I'm here, doing laundry and such, dealing with the niece's dog (I am NOT a dog lover, not at all), and some around-the-house stuff.  Wife should be home in about half an hour.  I have clothes in the dryer now.

What fun!


The Old Testament reading today is Psalms 128, 129, 130, and 131.

Psalm 128
1 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. 2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. 5 The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.

Psalm 129
1 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say: 2 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me. 3 The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows. 4 The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked. 5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. 6 Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up: 7 Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom. 8 Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD.

Psalm 130
1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. 2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. 5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. 6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. 7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. 8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Psalm 131
1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. 2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. 3 Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever.


The New Testament reading is verses 25-40 in chapter 7 of 1st Corinthians.

I Corinthians 7:25-40
25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 26 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be. 27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. 29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. 32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. 36 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry. 37 Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well. 38 So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better. 39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.

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