11 August 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Thursday. 11 August 2016

 A quite day around here.  Didn't have much choice:  contrary to the prognostications of all the "in" weathercasters, who uniformly predicted severe drought for our area this summer, we had a second day of HEAVY thunderstorms and rain.  Didn't really want to go out in that, it was pretty heavy duty.  Fortunately, despite all the VERY near lightning strikes, we didn't lose power.  Yet, anyway: we are told that yet another band of storms should be on top of us Real Soon Now.  Some drought!

The cats don't like the rain storms and thunder, and perhaps -- like Dear Wife's arthritic knees and joints all over -- they are sensitive to the changes in barometric pressure and all the other things that accompany these storms.  So the adult males are off in an astral plane, sleeping.  The kitten snoozes, eats, walks around and gets in the way, then repeats the cycle.  I did some laundry and a whole lot of dishes while Dear Wife zoned  out.  She's up and about now, making a cake or two for one of the great-niece's birthday gatherings set for Saturday.  It will -- supposedly -- look like a Barbie princess with the cake representing the gowns.  Whatever.  I guess it's a "gurrrl" thing.  Whatever.

When my brother was visiting, he told me he's planning to retire in about 2 or 3 years, Lord willing and his diabetes doesn't get worse.  And he's talking about getting a place near to here, which would be nice.  He was married for quite a long time, his wife's second, and the moment the last kid (all of them from first go-around) were out of school and out of the house, she filed papers on him.  And kept the house.  He's been living a few hours from here, FAR from family, although he's made a couple of friends.  How close they are, I don't know, but I think he wants to get closer to here, which would be nice.  I know how he feels.  We shall see. 

And just a down type of day.


The Old Testament reading is Psalms 90, 91, and 92

Psalm 90
1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. 3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. 4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. 5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. 6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth. 7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. 8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. 9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. 10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. 11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. 12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. 13 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. 14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. 16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. 17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Psalm 91
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. 14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Psalm 92
1 IT IS A GOOD THING TO GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD, AND TO SING PRAISES UNTO THY NAME, O MOST HIGH: 2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, 3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. 4 For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. 5 O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. 6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. 7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever: 8 But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore. 9 For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. 10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. 11 Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me. 12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; 15 To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.


The New Testament passage is verses 1-21 from Romans 11.

Romans 11:1-21
1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.  
2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying,  
3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.  
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. 
7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.  
8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.  
9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:  
10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.  
11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. 
12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?  
13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.  
15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?  
16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.  
17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;  
18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.  
19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.  
20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 
 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

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