Groan! The alarm went off at 05:45 this morning, as it does every morning that Dear Wife has to "watch" the Great-Niece next door. She tries to be over there around 06:50 or so. So I wake, read -- while in bed yet -- the passages shown below, and sometimes related ones. A short period of prayer and thought, and then up. Throw on some clothes (wife says they look like they were "thrown on"), feed cats, make her some coffee and breakfast, and the other "morning chores".
Morning is not my time. Never every has been. What makes it doubly tough is the rather "unusual" schedule I ran for many many years. When younger, worked for about five years on an 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. shift. Unusual, right? Then worked for several years on an 11 pm - 7 a.m schedule, and then in class (in another town, by the way) from 8 a.m. to around 3 pm. Then home, snooze a bit. Oh, and eat something too. During all of that, was living like a hermit. Then 4 more years of up at 05:30, be at work 20+ miles away by 7:30, until 4 p.m., then in class -- 24 miles or so, in another leg of the triangle, until around 7 pm, then back home a 12 mile drive. Eat and sleep a bit. Then, after marriage and some relocations and becoming a father, up at 6, at work by 7:30, in class by 5, then to sitters for kids, then home and take care of them, sleep a few hours, and get up and do it again. Even the last 5-1/2 years of my work life, I spent on at least 3 different schedules. Some had me at work (46 miles away) by 07:30 for 11 hours or so, some had me at work at 5:45 pm until about 05:30, some had variations on this. So my body has NEVER had a consistent pattern that seems natural to me. Even now, there are times I can't sleep until nearly dawn, other times I'm collapsing by 10:30 pm. Trying to set a more regular life now, but sometimes the thoughts and memories keep me awake. And in the still of the night, sometimes the mind goes places it can't go during the day.
So I'm up. Got Wife off to "watch" the Little One. Took my morning meds and supplements. Haven't eaten a bite yet (but had two big mugs of coffee). Have one load of laundry into the dryer now and a second in the washing machine now. Will try to "nuke" some leftover something in a bit. Then carry a mug of coffee over to Dear Wife.
Have the TV on right now, which is unusual for me -- I generally just have a tab open on the computer and music playing, but Wife likes it on while she's getting ready. But I am sick unto death of the lies and propagandizing by the talking heads of the Fake Stream Media. Sound like a mix of the Clinton propaganda, with an admixture of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Socialist Labor bunch, NAMBLA, and La Vey's old Church of Satan group. The Democrat Party, in other words. Dislike paying for the "privilege" of hearing these creeps. Something to be said, I guess, for being aware of the Other Side, but it's like swimming in sewage.
So we turn our attention from the darkness to the Light, knowing that the Light will surely prevail.
It is too easy to be mired in the darkness and lose track of the Light.
The Old Testament passage for the day is chapters 6, 7, and 8 of the Genesis.
Was it only two days ago that we were reading that the Lord looked at what He had made, and said it was good? How quickly things head in the wrong direction! Some things never change, do they? Now sin has entered our DNA, and makes itself known. Death and violence and evil imaginings. That certainly has not changed. So the Lord steps in. This is the story of Noah and the Flood. Yes, evil is real, and has consequences. The reality of evil is denied by all the liberals, of course, but it plays out before us and in our own lives and hearts too. It's in the DNA, or even more basic than that. How often have we heard bad behavior excused by the "it's the way I was born"? Perhaps it is. That's why the we are told, " you must be born again"! It's the only way!
The New Testament reading is chapter 3 form the Gospel of Matthew.
We've seen the birth of Jesus. Matthew doesn't did not include anything about His early life, but here we see Him grown up. And the meeting between He and John. This is the baptism of Jesus, and the Spirit descending upon Him. And what amounts to a confirmation of His earthly ministry.
There are those who've made the point that this is much like what still occurs in some family businesses. Say, for example, Goldman & Son Hardware Store. At some point, the senior Mr. Goldman will step back, and hand the keys to that son. Sometimes, particularly in Jewish communities (but not only there), there may be a gathering of the other small businesses and friends there, and Mr. Goldman may set his hands upon the son, and announce the transfer. Sounds very similar to what is shown here.
And now things get going.