I prefer to be a positive attitude type of person. But looking at the calendar, I see that today is the last Saturday in September, and that a week from today -- Lord willing -- it will be October. October!! It is not at all unknown for there to be SNOW falling in this part of the country in October. Yes, we had a temperature yesterday in the 80's. But by the middle of this week, the "highs" are predicted to be in the mid-to-low 60's!! Winter is not far away. Winter here, only an hour or so from the Canadian border, comes early, stays late, and is nasty throughout. With this year's bout predicted to be unusually cold and snowy, even by local standards. My friends and former co-workers, scattered throughout the South and Deep South, will smirk at our conditions, reminding us (as if we needed reminding) of the better climate there. I do not look forward to this, not at all. But it is what it is, and many people have lived through it their entire lives and were or are content with it.
And being here keeps us away from some of the squabbles, the inter-personal stuff that goes on. Wife got a call from one of our one son-in-law's parents yesterday. His parents are long divorced, with some marriage and remarriage and whatever relationships that sound just a bit odd to say the least. Anyway, son-in-law's sister recently married. OK, fine. I remember her. Her husband's family (and them too, now) live in California. Her family is mostly in western Arkansas, with branches in Chicago and Oklahoma and Atlanta, etc. So they had two weddings: one in California with his family, one in Arkansas for hers. As some know, such events with divorces in the past and "blended families" etc. are known to be tricky. At best. So, the one set in Arkansas arranged pretty much everything for both events. Kept total control, with a fair amount of secrecy and some back and forth that wasn't great. Afterwards, they sent a bill to the left-out ones, in the amount of $7,000, and a demand to Pay Up NOW! The couple that received that bill are barely scraping by: she doesn't work outside the home and he makes a whole $10/hour as a laborer. So they hesitated. Until they got served with collections demands and up in front of a judge! Yeah, it's like that.
We avoid such things, we're not wanting to get dragged into it. Oh, and it does get worse, but I'll be quiet about that for now.
There are times I truly sympathize with monks. Monastery life may just be a good way to go.
==>> And I just got a few messages. It appears I have been drafted to be the song leader at church tomorrow. This is something I have NEVER done. And, as a bass singer who sings down at the low end even of that range, I haven't sung a lead/melody line in more than 50 years. If not more. This may more "joyful noise" than anything else, but we shall see.
The Old Testament reading today is chapters 1, 2, and 3 of Isaiah. Isaiah was one of the Great Prophets, and his record remains important today. And we see, daily, events that remind us of his writings. Funny how that happens, right?
The New Testament reading is chapter 2 of the Epistle to the Galatians.