At least I got the 2017 right. Might be the only thing that I do right, today. We shall see.
Cats permitted me to sleep until 05:30 almost. Nice of them. Dear Wife had gotten up in the night, unable to sleep, stretched out on recliner under blankets. She is sometimes able to sleep better in that posture than horizontal, has to do with the drainage and stuff and all the creaks and groans from the several kinds of arthritis and other conditions. As it turns out, she really got no sleep at all, none. Has toothaches where she has no teeth, so it's highly likely we have yet another sinus / upper respiratory infection going on. Prone to those, and they're no fun whatever. We have a doctor appointment set for mid-afternoon today. Lord willing, the doc can do her some good, or at least prescribe something that will. Part of life.
11° out there right now, supposed to get all the way up to 17° today, though one forecaster says 25° for a high. Neither sounds great, but it's above zero, so it's something. Tomorrow is said to reach 44°, much better.
And the world, the entire world, continues in fightings and wars and turmoil. Widespread bitter cold, worse than normal, throughout pretty much the northern hemisphere. I see that there is horrid cold in Moscow even, and the plaints of the Muscovites are being mocked by the residents of Siberia. When it's cold enough to complain in Moscow of all places, you know it's cold. No doubt the serial liars, like Al Gore and the rest, will blame human caused catastrophic Global Warming for the bitter cold. They normally do. Bitter cold is not good for people, and not good for growing things like food. Cool temps and shortened growing seasons lead to crop failures, food shortages, hunger, and, often, wars. Being desperate can do that. But I guess the "cool kids" who really believe in this stuff -- and I know several, personally -- will either ignore it, deny it, or think it's a necessary correction.
Of course, there are wars and fightings that really have nothing to do with warming or cold or the climate. Many come from the evil in the heart of all of us, certainly including me. Like the disgraceful and evil thing in Chicago, with the kidnap and torture of a mentally challenged student, video recorded and live-streamed on social media, with the perpetrators deriding the victim as being white and a Trump supporter, which in their eyes made it all right. And the "usual suspects", the professional Lie-berals, excusing it. Even had a CBS-affliliate radio station in Chicago rearranging things so that the victim was black (a "protected class") and the perpetrators being white Trump supporters. Precisely the opposite of the truth, in other words. Another reason to despise the media.
And more. We see that CNN is, among others, deeply complicit in "selective editing" with regards to the person who did the mass shooting in the airport last week.
And more. Like the police officer murdered in Orlando, Florida just this morning, and a second officer killed during the manhunt. The drunk driver who killed someone in a wreck down on the Ohio-Pennsylvania-West Virginia line Saturday evening. One of many that occurred. Silliness that one hardly dare call it that, like the so-called "transgender man" in Britain who is pregnant, but, somehow, must legally be called a man despite the female DNA. Or that in Germany, the multitude of crimes, like rape and murder, by the Islamo-heathen "refugees" that the EU-crats, like Merkel, have admitted, may not be so identified on pain of criminal prosecution. Can't be called "xenophobic" or some such silliness. Same thing in Britain and France and Sweden and Norway and .... too many other places.
So lies are mandatory, and truth must be suppressed.
I know how this turns out, I've read the back of the Book. But there is and will be much pain and death and misery until then. One is sorely tempted to despair, but that is not the right reaction. Not at all.
The Old Testament reading for the day is chapters 23 and 24 of the Genesis.
Here we see several major things.
One is the death of Sarah, age 107. Leaving a son, Isaac, born in her old age. Abraham sought and bought a burial place for her, a place that still exists. By Hebron. Just FYI, the Moslem heathens make periodic attacks on the place. Several thousand years after the death. Abraham is buried there. As is Isaac.
Another issue is the marriage of Isaac. An arranged marriage, as was common in that culture and era, and in some places, today as well. From the divorce statistics, perhaps it wasn't such a bad idea. But the marriage was to a relative, as was also common. After all, Sarah, Abraham's wife, was his half-sister, one of the by-products of plural marriage. So Isaac and Rebekah are married and the line continues.
The New Testament reading is chapter 8 of the Gospel of Matthew.
Jesus has finished the Sermon on the Mount, and now things are really moving. I doubt that there were too many people, even in that era before instantaneous mass communications (which would have suffered the same selective editing noted earlier) who had not at least heard of Jesus.
Note too, at the end of this passage, that His works were disrupting some things, and that upset some people.