Off to church services this morning. The first Sunday of every month is Communion Sunday. I've been in churches that celebrated Communion every Sunday, regularly. I have been in others that celebrated it twice per year, no more. And others that did it on an irregular schedule.. But it does make the service run a bit later than other days, which is not a problem as, at least in this gathering, there's not the desire to get out early so as to beat the Lutherans and Catholics to the restaurant.
Then back home. Wife's great-niece from next door, about to turn 4 years old, has been enrolled in some sort of a dance program under a local group. Seems to be A Big Thing around here. So today was a big "recital", with all the different age groups and sub-classifications, held at a local high school auditorium. Our presence was required. So, we went. It was dreadful! Dreadful! But we were there. So, of course, were the mom and dad. And her parents, her brother and his wife and kids. And the child's mom and dad, And his sisters and their husbands and their kids, including two babies under 5 months old. All to watch a bunch of 4-year-olds jump about. Not my thing. But whatever.
And it lasted for HOURS, because of all the different groups. And it was also billed as a "community sing". Needless to say, that singing was heavy on Santa Clause and Jingle Bells, with Christmas carols with a religious theme notably absent. Hours.
Then everyone had to repair to a local family restaurant. So Wife and I went, and drank some raspberry iced tea (saving money) and sat in a group of 20-some people for far too long. Got home WELL after dark, tired and hungry and about "over it".
Doesn't put me in much of a frame of mind appropriate for the Lord's Day. Sorry.
I do read these passages every morning, often -- as today -- before crawling out of bed even. That quiet period, while Wife is still asleep beside me, allows some time without interuption.
The Old Testament reading for the day is chapters 3 and 4 of Daniel. These mean a lot to me, and the name of this site, "But if not", is taken from this. I admire that attitude.
Our reading in the New Testament is chapter 3 from 1st John.
I John 3