Happy Monday to all!
Today is the last Monday in January, the next-to-last day of January. Lord willing, in two days, less than 42 hours from now, we can say February instead. Not my favorite month, certainly, but better than January, and the last month that ends in -ary. I hate the months that end either in -ary or in -ber. Always have, always will. So. it is progress of a sort. Today, we are scheduled to have 10 hours 1 minute of daylight as the astronomers define it. Every day a little bit better by about 2 minutes plus. Heading in the right direction, although it will take another 6-8 weeks to begin to make a difference. Over the next 10 days we are told that there will be all of one day, tomorrow in fact, that gets above the freezing point. But at least we are not seeing any forecasts of sub-zero temperatures. Which is nice. Not great, but nice. And we had snow yesterday, last night, and this morning. Had a good bit during the church services yesterday morning. It did affect attendance a little bit.
Fortunately, the church has just had a lift installed that will take people from ground level to the level of the entrance. Can't use quite yet, but the inspector is supposed to show up tomorrow, and, hopefully, "bless" the installation so that it may legally be used. That will help a good bit: there are several members who are in wheelchairs or who simply can not negotiate a long flight of steps. So, Lord willing, this coming Sunday the lift can get a workout.
Dear Wife is still struggling. We're just beginning Day Four of the heavy antibiotics for a serious, VERY serious, kidney infection. Seems to be showing some tiny improvement. We'd been fearing that she was going into full shutdown kidney failure, which would potentially be fatal. And also afraid that instead of an infection, could be either kidney stones or an autoimmune disease called glomular nephritis. Which she's danced with before. So we remain hopeful and prayerful, and are grateful that others are likewise holding her up in prayers.
The reading in the Old Testament for the day is chapters 22, 23, and 24 of the Exodus.
This is the Lord speaking face to face with Moses. And, as we will see, others like Joshua, Aaron, and the 70 elders are near, and saw, not the face of God, but very much His presence, A awesome thing! Yet, as we shall see, in just a few days they will cast that reverence aside.
These laws that the Lord was laying down get pretty detailed. And they ran contrary to what accepted practice was in the entire region, and, to a great extent, that continues to this day.
Our next reading in the New Testament is verses 17-34 from the 20th chapter in the Gospel of Matthew.
Things are about to get real. Jesus, with His apostles, is on the way to Jerusalem. And the Cross is ever before Him. He knew it, they did not. He spoke of it, but they didn't seem to believe it. I suspect that, in years to come, they would remember this trip, and everything that was done and said, and see it in a much different light than it seemed at the time.
Verse 28 is a favorite of many, me included.