We had an ice storm last night. Roads, including main roads, are a sheet of ice, and many are closed. We will stay home, missing church services, reluctantly. Even the local (township) fire & police posted warnings on social media that essentially said "please stay off the roads". I see that our once home in NW Arkansas, definitely part of the South, was seeing a temperature of +6 degrees a little while ago, with ice and accidents and lines down. Part of that mythical "global warming" stuff. So we are staying in.
A week from today is Christmas Day, for most of us at least -- those of the Orthodox persuasions will celebrate it on the 7th of January -- which commemorates a major change in the world. And a week from then will be New Year's Day, 2017. It's been quite a year, only the Lord knows what 2017 will bring. But He is already there.
Yesterday's temperature got "up" to above the 40 degree point, with a low in the high 20's. That low will at the same time be warmer than the "high" of 25 predicted for this coming Wednesday. Sub-freezing highs just aren't that warm. I hate cold -- have you guessed that?
Dear Wife is "watching" the Beloved Great Niece tonight. Not generally done on Sundays, but the child's mom and dad are at the Christmas party for the business that they both work for (separate locations). Given the fact that their operations go on, 7 days a week, probably a Sunday afternoon is not a terrible time to have it. Does probably cut down -- some -- the opportunities for heavy duty alcohol consumption. Some.
The Old Testament reading is the book of Jonah, all four chapters. One of those accounts that most of us have heard of. Nineveh, the city to which he was sent, is now a ruins near Mosul, Iraq. But at one time, it was a big place on the banks of the Tigris River in Mesopotamia, and part of the Assyrian Empire which was a major force in the region for a long time. By some accounts, the famed Hanging Gardens of Babylon were in fact located in Nineveh. It was a major worship center of the cult of Ishtar, and was a major part of the region as far back as 3000 B.C. by some accounts. It was also located on some major geologic fault lines, and earthquakes were part of the destruction.
Our reading this evening from the New Testament is chapter 9 of the Revelation.