Dear Wife is still recovering from yesterday's excursion for a great-niece's 5th birthday party. Pretty good time was had by all, and we left a little bit early because she (wife) was fatigued from it all. She often does not leave the house for weeks at a time, except to go next door twice a week to "watch" the other great-niece, so this was a relatively rare outing. She'll have spent all day essentially horizontal, and be next door in the morning for the "watching" as mom, the niece, has to be at work at 09:00. So she should be able to get some sleep tonight, and not be up at dawn or before. If the cats allow it, of course.
Lord willing, the retirement check should hit the bank Tuesday morning. I have a few dollars left, the gas gauge is down under 1/4 and falling fast. We need a few things, there's still food, mostly anyway. Bread is low, but that's not a big ticket item. Got some good leftovers in the fridge so we're ok. I think I've spent nearly my whole life living on the edge of desperate, and, yes, I've gone hungry at times. Or lived on rice. Several times a day, a week or more at a time: plain rice at that, it's cheap. So we'll manage.
In just under a month, Lord willing, we will mark our 28th wedding anniversary. The Lord put us together in an wild way, at a time when both of us had given up on ever finding the "right" person. He had other plans, and we are grateful. But the money situation does pretty much kick out any notions of Bahama cruises, nice jewelry, or even a fancy dinner out. Might be able to scrape together enough for Arby's or Denny's even. Much more than that, no.
And yet, in the church service this morning, we learned of one member in the hospital with a stroke. A grandaughter not yet 4 who is again in the hospital, having spent half her life in one. One person in hospital with what sounds like liver failure. Hints of awful sicknesses in others, or in their families. We hear of homicides not that far from here, and broken homes and shattered relationships. The Lord is in control, I believe that, but I can not believe that all of this makes Him happy. We decided to do it "My Way" and this has been the result. Sadness.
Some things haven't changed since the Garden, and won't until the End.
The Old Testament reading is Psalms 99, 100, 101, and 102.
The New Testament reading is Romans 13