Dear Wife has been up, sick and unable to sleep, most of the night. She finally got to sleep around 05:00. She's asleep now, and though it's almost 09:00, I will let her sleep as long as she can: she needs it. The heavy-duty antibiotics are showing some effect: she is certainly improved from her condition Wednesday morning.
I spent a good bit of yesterday afternoon putting the plastic film up in the living room area. That part is done. NOT happy to find that we have severe structural damage to the floor-wall area on the east side of the room. Not happy at all. Not much I can do about it, lacking any money. Hope we can get through the winter without that caving in and exposing sub-zero temperatures.
Thursday was the birthday of elder daughter. Not a word from her, she's cut off ALL communication with us. Being severely estranged from one's adult children is hard, very hard. She has her reasons, primarily ones of politics and philosophy on a variety of issues. Mostly, I think, she's mad at me, which is her decision, but I wish she had not carried that over against her mother.
Many, many things going on in the world. Many of them I truly do not understand but will not list here, not now. Others, I fear that I do understand, and while I believe the analysis to be correct on most points, it is by no means reassuring. Our world, our system, is accelerating its descent into chaos and nearly unimaginable savagery and despair. This will not turn out well. And I think it possible that it presages the Lord's return, but that decision is not up to me. I do not expect to survive the next five years, which may well be a kindness. And yet, I trust in the Lord against it all. The song in my heart this morning is one that I've sung in medium-sized groups, recordings probably exist somewhere but not in my collection. Worth it anyway. I Will Trust In Thee.
The reading (and warning) this morning is chapters 25 and 26 from Jeremiah. Not easy reading, not something the TV preachers would like to dwell on, nor warn the world about.
The reading from the New Testament is chapter 3 of 2nd Timothy, which in many respects parallels the words of Jeremiah. The life of a Christian is not an easy one, a life that will cause the praise of men -- in general -- nor of wealth and comfort. We know how Jesus was treated. We have pretty gruesome records of the lives and deaths of many, even most, of the early Christians and of the early church, we know of hideous persecutions that go on all around the world this very day. Some people think we're exempt from that. No.
II Timothy 3