31 August 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Last day of August.  Tomorrow is September.  I hate and loathe the months whose names end in "-ber".  Sounds like BRRRRR! Cold!! to me.  I hate the months whose names end in "-ary" about as much.  Same reason.
Sitting home with the washing machine going, Dear Wife next door with the Beloved Great Niece.  And listening to yet another rain storm.  The All-Wise All-Knowing climate people dutifully consulted chicken entrails this last spring, and solemnly announce that this summer would be an awful drought.  So we've had well above average rainfall amounts, and the drought-drops falling are adding to that total.  With only three weeks of Summer left.  But I hesitate to say anything lest the "Warmists" denounce me as a  "denier" and demand disembowelment or something on that order.
We'd hoped to be receiving a shipment of medicine for Dear Wife.  She had to have her thyroid gland remove many years ago, part of the whole autoimmune / lupus thing, so she has to take thyroid medicine Every Single Day.  It's been a journey -- our moves from state to state have meant a series of physicians treating her, each one sure he/she has it Right and all the others we Horribly Wrong.  Which has led to many problems and substantial pain.  And lots and lots and lots of awful expen$e$ for us, often at times of little or no money.  Like now.  She's been diagnosed as hypo-thyroid, which we could have (and did) tell the "professionals", but of course they knew better.  Part of the result os the combination of steroids (also every day) and the hypothyroidism has been substantial weight gain.  She's never ever been petite, which doesn't bother me or her, mostly.  But last weigh-in had her at 271 pounds, clothes don't fit, and it's not good for her.  The hope is that the increased dosage of the meds will address that.  We shall see.

(break here to put stuff in the dryer and start a new load)



The day's Old  Testament reading is Psalms 145, 146, and 147.  Tomorrow's schedule has us completing this year's tour through the Psalms.  I always enjoy it.  Some people use a reading plan that has a few of the Psalms every day.  I may try it next year.
I was reflecting this morning, early while in bed, on what goes on in us while we are praising the Lord.  And why it is important that we do so, regularly and intentionally. It's worth pondering.  I know that it is not just idle flattery.  I think it pleases Him, and I also think that it draws us closer to Him.  Both are worthy.

Psalm 145
1 I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. 2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. 5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. 6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. 7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. 8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. 9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. 10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. 11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; 12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. 13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. 14 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. 15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. 16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. 17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. 18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. 19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. 20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. 21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

Psalm 146
1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. 2 While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. 3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. 4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. 5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: 6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: 7 Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: 8 The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous: 9 The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. 10 The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 147
1 Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. 2 The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. 3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. 4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. 5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. 6 The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. 7 Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: 8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. 9 He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. 10 He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. 11 The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. 12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion. 13 For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee. 14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. 15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. 16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. 17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? 18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow. 19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. 20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.


The New Testament reading is verses 1-15 from 1st Corinthians chapter 11.

I Corinthians 11:1-15
1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. 5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. 6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. 8 For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. 9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. 10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. 12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. 13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? 14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

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