( I just put 2016 on the title. My bad).
And we are now on the 2nd Sunday and beginning the 2nd week of the new year. Nightly temperatures in the low single digits, although the predictions for later in the week have highs in the low 40° range, and even a few nightly lows at or slightly above the freezing point. Would be most welcome. We had some frozen pipes yesterday morning but, thankfully, were able to get them flowing again. Would like to avoid a repetition of that. A day or so previous, our drains were frozen as well. Again, not A Good Thing. Another one to be avoided.
🙄 Way late hitting the "publish" button here. Sorry.
We have frozen pipes, again. Fortunately, I'd hit the shower last night just before turning in, do I don't think I was too offensive, at least in that category, this morning in church services. Was able this afternoon to get the water tothe shower going, so Wife could get in. The steam and high humidity hellpd her, and me, as our place is terribly dry in spite of our best efforts. Hot water to bathroom sink is still frozen, butwe can work around that, and beginning Tuesday we are expecting temperatures in the 40 ° range, which should remedy things. And allow me to cwtch up on laundry.
These day to day issues steal my time, attention, resources, and energy. So forgive the lack of pithy wisdom here, not that such is common anyway.
Tomorrow we begin sgain. I intend to take her to doctor tomorrow, perhaps that will address some of her issues.
Our reading from the Old Testament here is chapters 20, 21, and 22 of the Genesis.
Abraham and Sarah finally have a son, Isaac. Sarah is 90 years old, Abraham 100. NOT the ideal time to be chasing an infant or toddler around. Ran me ragged in my late 30's, certainly might have an issue doing it now. There are those, and I've been one, who think a particular thing is something that the Lord wouldn't, even COULD NOT do. Ha!
And note chapter 22, when the Lord determines to "test" Abraham. This is, incidentally, one of those translation issues: the ESV which I've used here, uses the term "test" in verse 1. The KJV translates that as "tempt", which I think is incorrect. But the test proceeded, with Isaac as a potential sacrifice, a test that Abraham and Isaac both passed, a test of obedience if nothing else. I promise that the two men who came back down that mountain were changed a bit from what they had been that morning.
Lots of speculation on precisely where that place of sacrifice was. Some believe it was Calvary. Others that it was the precise spot where Solomon would later build the temple and the altar of sacrifice. (and, incidentally, it's an area that the Moslems claim is theirs and deny any Jewish interest in it. A lie, as all their teachings are).
The evening's New Testament passage will be chapter 7 of the Gospel of Matthew. This concludes the Sermon on the Mount. All of this is very, very important.
Now, please be careful here. For here, right in verse 1, is probably the most misunderstood, misquoted, misused verse in all of Scripture.