😭 I was notified late yesterday afternoon that the calling hours and funeral services for my cousin's wife will be held tomorrow at a Church of God about half an hour's drive from here. Lord willing, I will be present for at least part of that. The widower, my cousin Larry and I, were pretty close growing up, but grew distant after high school and such, and certainly after I was married and living a very far distance from the area. He and I have met twice in the couple years since we returned to the area, but simply have not been able to be in close contact.
Given the age cohort we are now in, this sort of thing is likely to become more and more frequent.
We had a good bit of snow fall down today. Then the sun came out, and it appears to have melted. I hope that doesn't mean big stretches of ice.
Wife is going next door to "watch" the Great-Niece. I am being "asked" to "assist" in the effort. Two senior adults to oversee one small, but active, four-year-old. I hope we are up to the task.
Doesn't sound like a very exciting life, does it?
The day's Old Testament reading is chapters 29 and 30 of the Exodus. Again, this is the Lord speaking to Moses, and giving some very detailed instructions. When He said use 4, that means 4, not 5, not 3, not "more is better". Detailed. I don't know the reason for all of it, others more erudite than I have speculated on it, but I'm not convinced they are right either, and many conflict. Perhaps it was just like the answer our parents sometimes gave us, "because I said so!". That should suffice.
The reading for the day today is verses 1-22 from Matthew chapter 22.
Again, remember that this is Jesus addressing the powers-that-be in Jerusalem during the period we now often call "Holy Week", the period between Jesus' "Triumphal Entry" and the Crucifixion and Resurrection. This is intense, it should be. Jesus knew very well what was going on, so this is very much for our benefit and information. It was radical then. It is radical now. And intense. Read it with that in mind, and this is, like other passages, one that benefits by being read aloud.