We are well into the last half of January now. The first day of Winter is nearly a month behind us, the first day of Spring is just over two months hence. We shall look forward to that milestone, though we fully expect winter weather for at least a month thereafter, and on occasion have seen it for longer than that. But it is some sort of progress, and we are hopeful.
Dear Wife is doing the "watching" of the next-door Great Niece today. If the plans made hold true, then the second great niece, the daughter of wife's sister's son, will be appearing for the next round of this on Thursday. Wife has been asked to deal with her, as the child's parents are in court that day. As previously noted, a little while back, just before Thanksgiving, a drunk driver ran off the road, ran into their porch then their vehicle in the driveway, and then left the scene. Police caught up with him, and he spent the weekend in jail. But now comes the follow-up. Nephew's wife had let ALL their insurance policies lapse. So the damage to the porch is essentially unfixed. Efforts continue to find rear window and hatch to repair the damage to their van, but to do so on the cheap. They live in a pretty down-at-the-heels section, (comparable to ours but with more use of alcohol and drugs), and their house is barely off the street, such that there is just, barely, room to park a vehicle parallel to that front porch and to be -- mostly -- off the street. Which is how the drunk managed to hit their house's porch. Been no fun, and they are hoping to squeeze some money out of the guy. So we're watching the little one, as parents sit at the courthouse.
We hope to be able to take the great niece next door to the "story time" thing at the local public library. I have some books to go back. Gives me a chance to do that. The books were not that good, looked a whole lot better on the shelf than when I set myself to read them. Often the case. Does the Little One good to be at home with books: that does not often seem to be the case in this area.
Wife was doing a teeny bit better yesterday, though progress is very slow and sometime does not occur at all.
I see that the political squabbles also continue. The inauguration of the President is scheduled for a few days from now, but one seriously doubts that it will end the fights going on. And, of course, some of the nastiest fights are at the state and local levels.
Some day, I hope, we shall look back at all of this and laugh. I hope so.
The Old Testament reading for this morning is chapter 41 of the Genesis.
This is more of the story of Joseph. Joseph begins this account as a prisoner, falsely accused of a terrible crime. It ends with him in an incredibly powerful position in Egypt, directly under Pharaoh. And, by virtue of the Lord's leading, able and active in preserving the lives of many. Who could have imagined that a poor shepherd boy, one of many sons, could somehow be transported into such a position? A position that no one could have imagined, but now in a position to do great good for a great many. As we shall see. I guess the Lord was up to something. You think maybe??
The New Testament reading is verses 1-32 of the 13th chapter in the Gospel of Matthew.