Happy Saturday to all who stop in.
I am hoping for a quiet day. A day for thoughts and prayers and reflection upon a number of things. I am feeling some nudges towards change, bu have no idea whatsoever the nature of that change. Certainly, I just can't go on like this. Yes, the "seasonal affective disorder", gobbledygook for "I hate Winter and being closed in by cold, gray skies, and various sorts of cold precipitation while being aware of lack of money" is part of that. Why that should be called a "disorder" rather than "sensible take on lousy circumstances" is not clear to me. Yes, I have been in far worse circumstances. Far worse. Didn't like those circumstances either, and I was 40 years younger than now.
We spent some time yesterday watching the TV displays of the Presidential Inauguration. There are those, including those close to us, who are loudly cheering the whole thing, and some have been uttering praises that amaze me. Others, including those equally close to us, are loudly wailing, and warning of all matter of evil outcomes. Uttering condemnations that also amaze.
"Place not thy faith in princes" comes from the Bible, verse 3 in Psalm 146, and I commend it to all. Of course, when I said similar things eight years ago, the pushback from the Obama-bots was fierce and loud and quite nasty.
I have problems with either group.
The Old Testament reading today is chapters 49 and 50 of the Genesis. This completes the book of the Genesis, shows the death of the Patriarch, Jacob, and Joseph as well. The next day we will transition forward some 400 years, and see the working out of the Lord's plan. Here we see some closure in some turbulent lives.
We began our reading in the Bible just three weeks ago, with those wonderful words, "In the beginning, GOD!! .." In just a few weeks, we've read the accounts of great names like Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, and others. And those names, and the lives they led, had much to do with the world we now inhabit, thousands of years later.
The location of the "Cave of the Patriarchs" is known to this day. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are among those buried there.
The reading in the New Testament is verses 1-20 from the 15th chapter in the Gospel of Matthew.
Jesus is turning their world upside down, and they don't like it or understand what is going on.
Some things haven't changed, they may be hardwired into human beings. The "traditions of men" is part of that. I have lost track of all of the "grace - plus" matters in far too many churches. Those who claim that one MUST attend worship on Saturday ONLY. Those who forbid blood transfusions. I've encountered those who are quite serious that the only music permitted are from the Psalms, "A Mighty Fortress" isn't there so it is forbidden. Others that only allow a capella singing, no instruments allowed. Others that don't count it as sacred music unless a pipe organ is used. My Amish cousins will only use a version of Low German, forbid buttons or electricity or rubber tires or internal combustion engines, and dictate suitably "modest" dresses (no pants) for women as well as a precise shape of head covering (don't laugh, the Russian and other Slavic Orthodox with their babushka are little different on that) and more. Or the arguments between those in the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox on the precise movement of the hands in making the sign of hte Cross. "Grace plus ....." for salvation. We still have it. Many many MANY more examples can be found. Arminians versus Calvinists, for example.