Happy Saturday and welcome to the day book. We, or at least I, seem to have survived yet another "Friday the 13th". And no, if the movie was on TV somewhere I did not watch it, or seek it. Has no attraction for me. Your mileage may vary, of course.
I trust and hope that the day finds you well. We are "enjoying" a torrid 25° here, with an assurance that we may actually make it up to 35° today! Wow! Heat wave!! I was archly informed a few days ago that this constitutes ironclad evidence of Catastrophic Global Warming. I reminded him that the heat record for that particular day was set in 1898 and was about 8 degrees warmer than the "unseasonably warm" temperatures we were seeing that day. Haven't heard much from him since then. Data has a way of doing that.
Dear Wife has had yet another bad night. Up most of the night. She went to bed same time I did, but lay there awake for more than an hour (so was I), then got up, hungry finally, and made herself something (pancakes) while I slept. She finally came back to bed, hours later, slept fitfully off and on, After I got up two hours before dawn to feed cats, she drifted off. And is still sleeping now. She had visions of another attempt to cut my hair today, but we shall see. It may be time to get her to coach me in how I should do it myself. I know other guys who do it, and as homely as I am, it couldn't make me look much worse. She just likes to do it, in part I think, because it makes her feel useful after long periods when she really can't do very much at all. That feeling is worth something, surely. To both of us.
Neighbor (not the niece, the other one, the one whose husband died a few weeks ago) has their dog out in a big enclosure. Large dog, part Rottweiler I think (I can barely distinguish between a Chihuahua and a collie), and he's out there barking at birds, passers-by, the wind, etc. Good for him to be outside at least for a little while. And at least she doesn't let him run loose like some nitwits do. Pet peeve of mine, ok? Everyone has a few, I've noticed. But listening to the "chorus", particularly in the all-too-brief warm season of this area, as the various neighbors let their dogs outside, there to compete in vocal efforts, gets real old, real fast. At least cats don't bark.
The morning's reading from the Old Testament is chapters 33, 34, and 35 of the Genesis.
Big changes here, as Jacob and his family return to the area of his father and brother. Some long-standing animosities and other issues, some serious.
And, at the end, Isaac dies. In Hebron, the so-called "Palestinian West Bank", the area that the Moslem heathens claim no Jew ever lived. One of the multitude of lies that constitute the evil demon cult of Islam.
Much here in this passage. Have you ever tried to repair a family feud that stretches back over decades? It is as tough a thing as exists, even IF both sides desire it, which is not always the case. And sometimes too there are more than two sides. Happens. We've been seeing some of it since our return to this area where we now live. On both sides of the family. I have a sister-in-law who would open fire if she saw me near their house, the one I lived in for many years. I have cousins who will not acknowledge my very existence. Dear Wife has similar situations, with various relatives still angry over something that my late mother-in-law or father-in-law did in the 1940's! To this very day! And violence is always an available option -- late mother-in-law was a cousin to a notorious Sicilian Mafia figure in this area, who was assassinated causing her much grief. And there are other "family (or Family, la Famiglia) associations here and there. So some of these rivalries are quite real. And the the old dispute between Jacob and Esau very nearly became just as nasty. Remember that Cain and Abel were brothers too.
The New Testament reading is chapter 11 from the Gospel of Matthew.
This is taking place in that period after Jesus had sent forth the Twelve to proclaim the Good News, and He was still dealing with questions and issues in the area He was in. Some of those questions came from the followers of His earthly cousin, John the Baptizer. Good questions at that, important ones, and the answers were, and remain, equally important. For them and for us as well.