Happy Saturday to all.
Hard to believe that in just two weeks, we'll be looking across a narrowing divide between two years. Christmas (in the Western tradition at least) will be in just a week from tomorrow. Where has the time gone? I can not honestly that I've spent much of it very well, which is a heavy burden on me.
Dear Wife is across the back yard, at niece's place. Today is the Great Occasion of The Year, as Wife's namesake great-niece has her 4th birthday, and party, today. So the ladies are over there putting sugary frostings on cakes and cupcakes and all sorts of stuff that will get all the kids "sugared up" and hyperactive and all which that entails. Such fun! (I guess).
Ever have a song running through your head as you are in that in-between time between sleep and waking, or even, as in this case, in those "light" sleep periods during the night? I have that, more often these days than once was the case. Not every night, but last night surely, and the night before. Don't know what it means, not for sure. But it is interesting and grabs your attention, and perhaps help sets the mood for the day. Not a bad way to start, I think. Here is the one that had a hold on to my attention, a version of "I Will Sing of my Redeemer". A good attitude and intent to carry through the day, and the year for that matter. And it's one of those "I wish I could have been there" moments. It's an appropriate testimony, an appropriate response to what He has done and is continuing to do. Focusing on Him rather on the all-too-frequently lousy circumstances is the right thing to do.
And there was a second song that came in behind it. Means a lot to me, personally: they both do. Some may know the name of JD Sumner, he had one of the deepest bass voices that I know of, and bass voices resonate with me. Mine is also in that range though not --quite -- as low as JD's. His son, Donnie, also sings in that general range, certainly not a tenor. This song, "The Anchor Holds" has quite a story behind it, being borne out of some tough times of the writer, Lawrence Chewning. Ray Bolz popularized it, but others have brought it to us. I like Donnie's version, and it also reminds me of some things that I've gone through, somehow, and others that I'm in the midst of. Yes, the anchor holds in spite of the storm, as we face the raging seas. Been there. AM there. So is He. Perhaps you are as well.
The reading for today from the Old Testament is the short book of Obadiah.
The New Testament reading is chapter 8 of the Revelation. Some may be familiar with this, it's one of those many passages in the Revelation that speaks of judgement and woe to come.