04 August 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Thursday, 04 August 2016

Another out-of-sequence day.  Dear Wife spent most of the day "watching" the Beloved Great Niece next door.  Niece had to work (she works part-time since birth of Little One, and schedule changes weekly, often drastically).  Normally, the nephew-in-law comes home for lunch (and time with the Little One which he treasures, as does she) so Wife can walk across the yard and have lunch here.  Normally.  Today, he didn't make it.  Never called or anything, just a no-show.  So, I got a call to grab a box of macaroni and cheese, and wife and great niece ate it.  I made some toast with peanut butter, cut a chunk of cheese, and dished out some cucumber/tomato/onion salad.  Went to get a glass or something, came back to table to find Little Stray Kitten up on table, eating MY salad!  She got in trouble for that, but that meant I didn't get the salad, which improved my disposition not a bit.

The 3-1/2 year old was cranky AND active both, wearing Wife down.  Great Niece decided a while ago that she just MUST have a dog.  The three cats weren't enough.  So she got a dog.  A mutt by any measure, but a lot of beagle and terrier in it.  Very territorial, so if it is outside and sees across the back yard someone 150 yards away, he barks.  And barks.  And barks some more.  Neighbor across the street got tired of it, called the police the other day to complain.  So, they let him out to "do his business", and the rest of the time he's cooped up in one of those crate cages.  Usually if someone is outside with him, he doesn't bark, but sometimes he does.  He needed to go out, but Little One was being a brat, and refused to go outside, even on the back porch under roof.  SO ......Yours Truly got "asked" to take  him for a walk.  I did, putting him on a long lead first.  He defecated on a "certain" neighbor's yard (by the street) which was fine with me, urinated on several utility poles and sign posts, and sniffed a whole lot of grass.  The walk was about a mile long, which did us both good.

I am not a dog lover.  Or pets generally.  Dogs, definitely not, which some people regard as scandalous.  Frankly, if every dog in the world died tonight, I'd be fine with it.  Oh, well.  I don't think that the current situation is a tenable one, but We Shall See.

Wife is exhausted. she tires easily and the Little One wore her out.  So she'll be in bed in about half an hour to an hour, and will want me there as well.  She'll crash, I'll "surf" using the tablet so I don't need a light on which would not allow her to sleep well.  Some life we lead.


The Old Testament reading is Psalms 73 and 74.

Psalm 73
1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. 2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. 3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. 5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. 6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. 7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. 8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. 9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. 10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. 11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? 12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. 13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. 14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. 15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. 16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. 18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. 19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. 20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. 21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. 22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. 27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

Psalm 74
1 O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?  
2 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.  
3 Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.  
4 Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs. 
5 A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.  
6 But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.  
7 They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground. 
8 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land. 
9 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long. 
10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?  
11 Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom. 
12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. 
13 Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. 
14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness. 
15 Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.  
16 The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. 
17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.  
18 Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.  
19 O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever. 
20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. 
21 O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.  
22 Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.  
23 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.


The New Testament passage is Romans 5.

Romans 5
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.  
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.  
17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

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