We are certainly into the last half of the month of February. I for one will be gratified to see it in the rear view mirror. It is not and has never been my favorite time of the year, and never will be. At least we've not had the sub-zero temperatures -- yet -- that I normally associate with this time of the year in this part of the world. Not that I'm complaining. We had snow yesterday. Today's "high" is predicted to be 29°. Tomorrow, 48. Saturday, 60°, and next week in the mid-to-upper 50's. Not frigid, for which we give thanks. So does the gas bill. And our "day" will be about 10 hours 43 minutes, picking up 2 minutes 34 seconds over yesterday. So the Equinox is coming. Not here, but closer. Yay!!
Wife is going over to "watch" the Little One, and I'm going with her. Yesterday was NOT a good day, and she really should have stayed in bed for the next two, but she'd promised and there really is no one else available to take care of the child. So I "get" to help. There were times that I was the only one to take care of our very young daughters, but they were ours. People, including me, aren't comfortable with a "senior" uncle taking care of a little girl, and I understand that. Had it been a little boy, probably no one would mind, but a girl raises eyebrows. So I'm just her assistant, even if she'll be asleep on the couch, she's the "sitter" of record.
Niece had to leave work early on Tuesday, she herself had been forced to leave work early on Tuesday, as SHE had also developed infections in both ears. So she really has to go in. And hubby has had his overtime hours cut, which takes about $50 a week out of their pockets. With her being pregnant and due in June, they're trying to save and prepare for the non--work/non-paycheck period around that time. Wife will be - Lord willing - here to give her the close support that she didn't have when her daughter was born, which will certainly help, but it doesn't make up reduced income.
I started yesterday on a too-long-delayed project. I want to write a study on the book of Ruth. It is one of those books of the Bible that has long interested me, and it deserves better treatment than some that I've seen, and there aren't many. So it is now and will be occupying a chunk of my thoughts until it is done. If it ever is. I had wanted to have a first draft done three years ago, but events intervened, and perhaps it wasn't time yet. Now, I think that it may be time. So many things in Scripture come about from encounters, improbable encounters at that, with improbable people. Not the ones Destined for Greatness, but modest people or even failures. Ruth. Naomi. Esther. Rahab. A demon-possessed man watching pigs among the Gadarenes. An unwary traveler suddenly carrying the cross for Jesus. Many others. Ruth is one of those. Perhaps we are as well.
Today's portion in the Old Testament is chapters 22 and 23 of Leviticus.
Note the instructions in chaper 23 of the various feast days. The Feast of Trumpets, the Feast of Booths, Sukkoth which this year will run from sundown October 4 to sundown October 11.
Our New Testament portion is verses 1-22 in chapter 1 from the Gospel of Mark. Mark gets right to the point.