A bit of a later start today. Wife is still ailing, perhaps a little bit on the mend, but just did not feel up to "watching" the Great Niece today, so she begged off and her sister, the child's grandmother after all, is taking the watch. We shall see if she is any better by Thursday morning, which is when she would ordinarily have the watch as well.
Am in a quiet frame of mind. Nothing much jumping out at me. Watching the weather and the calendar and hoping for better times. Passively waiting just is not my normal style, but "normal" is a tough thing to pin down these days.
Song of the day, "Oh Happy Day!" one version is here
One of the several things that is missing in the Church, meaning not "just" in one gathering or another, but across too much of the church in America, is Joy. The Joy of the Lord. Are we really excited about the majesty and glory of the Lord?
The reading for the day from the Old Testament is chapters 25 and 26 of the Exodus. The Lord is giving instructions, quite explicit detailed instructions, for the construction of the Tabernacle of Meeting. Since He considered it important, and covered it in detail, evidently He had an interest in it, and a purpose as well. No room there for "creative interpretation" at all.
The belief is that the "shittim wood" referred to here is now known as "acacia". This is also thought to have been the plant that was referred to as the "burning bush".
The reading from the New Testament for the day is verses 1-22 of chapter 21 in the Gospel of Matthew. Yes, things are getting real. This begins with what we call the "Triumphal Entry" of Jesus into Jerusalem. Lots of excitement, and people cheering. Many of whom, in the space of less than a week, will then be crying "crucify Him! Crucify Him!!". More than a few of which surely had seen the miracles that He had done, and heard His words. Jesus knew what was coming, and kept going anyway. Obedience.