Long day, I guess.
The mood at church services this morning was a bit subdued. In part, due to some things going on in people's lives. In part, the brooding awareness of the national election in just two days. Our country, our world, is in trouble. Big trouble. The election can not repair that, it can only affect the specific directions and speed of the decline, it can not reverse that. Only the Lord can, and that pretty much requires the people to desire that. I don't see that, not at the level that I believe would be required. Yes, He can and does act in unexpected and mysterious ways, and nothing is too hard for Him.. But the future looks dark.
Dear Wife is still undergoing her round of strong antibiotics. That should continue through this coming Wednesday, The situation had required her to forego some of her other meds, the ones that suppress her over-active immune system, something you don't want while fighting an infection But there is collateral damage from that, one part of which is a resurgence in her tummy troubles, the ulcerative colitis. So she's suffering almost daily bouts of horrific diarrhea, among other things.
She has a birthday coming up, which does not cheer her up, not a bit. In part, like many women perhaps, the prospect of being another year older troubles her. The other is that, like last year, she can expect no notice of the event whatsoever from our daughters. They've cut off all contact, it's going on two years now, and it understandably bothers her quite a lot. So, not Happy Birthday Mom cards are expected. The older one had a birthday a few weeks ago, we sent a gift, but have yet to receive even a terse acknowledgement of it. And Christmas is coming up, and the same drear situation is likely to apply then as well. Some holidays!
The day's passage in the Old Testament is chapters 43, 44, and 45. Not exactly cheery, is it?
The reading from the New Testament is chapter 3 of the Epistle to the Hebrews.