Just a few more days until Christmas Day, and New Year's Day a week thereafter. This has been a long and "interesting" year. Some periods flew by, while in other periods, every moment was a slow agony. Some things we expected and hoped for, did not happen. Others, ones we would hope to never experience, did. And some things, great and wonderful blessings -- and small ones too -- came upon us unexpectedly. Perhaps that is standard for all people. And it reminds me that I am not the Driver on this bus. Perhaps that is all to the good: my own record isn't very good, not at all.
And perhaps the coming year, should we live to see it, will be wonderful. Or, equally likely, it will come with opportunities for service, and for pointing others to the Lord. I believe that our presence here in this time and place, is part of the Lord's plan. I don't know that plan, but I trust Him. There is really no choice in that. So we'll hang on.
Dear Wife is the designated "watcher" today, of the great-niece. I have a meeting set for this afternoon, down in town. Am hoping to remember to carry some books with me that the other person might find interesting. I have little in the way of wealth, but I do have a bit of a library.
The Old Testament reading for today is the book of Nahum, all three chapters.
Nahum is writing about the destruction of the empire of Assyria and of Nineveh, the capital of that bloody and powerful empire. This was around the 7th Century B.C. The name "Nahum" means comfort or consolation. He certainly wasn't comforting the Assyrians, but the Hebrews, one of the many victims of that bloody nation.
I found an engaging discussion of Nahum at a web site, and suggest further reading there
The New Testament reading for today is chapter 13 from the Revelation. Here is where we find the reference to the "mark of he Beast", a matter of considerable speculation and conjecture even now, as there are proposals, serious ones, to require "chips" be installed in everyone, ostensibly for fool proof identification. Here also is the reference to the mystic number 666, which has long been a subject of speculation and conjecture. Some seem crazy. They may also be correct.