Cold here. Cold and quiet.
Last night, I was dismayed to observe that we actually have some rust through our back door, a metal door. NOT the best way to be heading into the real Winter season. The latch/knob system is "iffy" already, but it looks like I'm going to have to try to nurse it through the cold weather season, meanwhile looking around for a replacement on the used parts market. I've got an old blanket covering the affected area and that will have to do. The arrangement of our place on our lot is such that the door in question has been our primary means of entrance and egress. That may have to change over the winter. I've had worse problems, it's just an aggravation.
And, yes, we are into the cold. We're expecting a low around 5 degrees for Wednesday night, and zero degrees on Thursday night. I believe that on Thursday or Friday we may actually see a "high" that is above freezing, the weathercaster said 39 degrees. Then back to a stretch of sub-freezing daily "high" temperatures. Sure wish that "global warming" was a reality, and not just a raft of lies by creeps like Gore. By the way, I'm hearing complaints of what our friends and former neighbors and co-workers around the South, one as far south as Mobile, Alabama, regard as horrible cold temperatures. So, no, it's not just those of us stranded near the "North Coast", the Great Lakes. It's around much of the country. Lots of snow in Hawaii, even, though on mountain peaks that's not terribly rare.
Dear Wife is set to "watch" the Beloved Great-Niece from next door, tomorrow. Doesn't need to be there until around 10:30, unlike most such occasions when she's over there around 06:45 and still there at 6:30 p.m. Mom, her niece, has to be at work at 11:00 and dad will be home by 5:00 to take Little One somewhere. So it should be a relatively easy day for her. A good thing, considering. These times with the Little One are good for both of them. A bit of bonding, and there are some issues with the grandmothers. When our kids were little, particularly before we moved out of the area, Wife and I were both of us working, lots of hours and I was trying to finish an engineering degree. (not easy for a full-time worker who is also a husband and father, trying to honor all those commitments). We had to divert a noticeable amount of our limited income towards paying baby sitters. When we left the area, older daughter was 7, younger was turning 3. So we were accustomed to paying sitters. We don't get paid for watching the Little One, though we do have some mutually beneficial arrangements with niece and her husband, so it works out good for all. But it is different. Would have been nice had various family members been so helpful for us, but that is 25 years or more in the rear view mirror.
The Old Testament passage today is chapters 12, 13, and 14 of Hosea. Pretty stark warnings of judgment. Warnings that were ignored. And judgment that came.
The New Testament reading is chapter 3 of the Revelation.
As said before, I don't tend to comment on the Revelation. I will break that pattern, briefly
These are warnings. Both to specific churches. But also to types. We don't, or at least I don't, live in Sardis or any of these other places in Asia. But the issues that are called out are familiar to anyone who has been associated with the Church in our time. Lukewarm? You bet! Lost our first love for the Lord? Yes, indeed. All the rest. And, note, this is intended to be received by the New Testament Church. That's us. Regard it with seriousness, because it is serious.