And a good, rainy morning to all. Rain. NOT snow and ice, not blizzards and such. The weathercasters tell us that we may actually see a temperature of 57° today! Great! Followed on Thursday, two days hence, with a "high" of 26° 😝.
Dear Wife has made the trek across the back yard to "watch" the great--niece today. She didn't sleep last night, not a bit. She tried to get one of her long afternoon naps yesterday, but didn't get that either, and not much sleep the night before or the one before that. She's scheduled to go in for a "sleep study" Thursday night, but I'm not sure she'll get much then either. She completes her round of the heavy-duty antibiotics on Thursday, so the day or so after, she can -- hopefully -- go back on the Humira. That latter, the "biologic" called Humira, does a great job of dealing with her several variants of arthritis and some (not all) of the autoimmune conditions that plague her. Her knees, feet, ankles, etc. are swollen and sore and she's in constant pain and discomfort. It just never goes away. Ever. So inability to sleep is probably not surprising.
Long break in action, running something over to her, getting some other things while there, coming back home to initiate two laundry loads, first is in dryer now, second in washer. Deal with a cat issue.
and going back over in 15-20 minutes to bring her coffee and probably take dog for walk.
fun life, huh?
I watch the world continuing to spin out of control. Wars. rumors of war, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, pestilence and plague. I see that legislators in the state of California wish to make an alteration to the driving licenses there, the ones generally used for identification purposes. They want to add a 3rd gender. Sound dumb? It is. But not the worst. The social networking site FaceBook has provision (as of this morning) of 58 genders!! 58! (might be more by nightfall, of course).
- Cis Female
- Cis Male
- Cis Man
- Cis Woman
- Cisgender Female
- Cisgender Male
- Cisgender Man
- Cisgender Woman
- Female to Male
- Gender Fluid
- Gender Nonconforming
- Gender Questioning
- Gender Variant
- Male to Female
- Trans Female
- Trans* Female
- Trans Male
- Trans* Male
- Trans Man
- Trans* Man
- Trans Person
- Trans* Person
- Trans Woman
- Trans* Woman
- Transgender Female
- Transgender Male
- Transgender Man
- Transgender Person
- Transgender Woman
- Transsexual Female
- Transsexual Male
- Transsexual Man
- Transsexual Person
- Transsexual Woman
THIS is the biggest issue in some people's lives? THIS?!?!?!?
And that does not include, of course, those who claim to "identify" as different age. We've heard of a 40-some year old guy who "identifies" as a little girl. Diapers?? Dunno.
Or those who claim to "identify" as something other than human. We hear of grown woman who "identifies" as a cat. Litter box? Who knows? And there is a PROFESSOR at a college in New York state, who does "lobster porn". I don't want to know, really I don't.
But all of them, probably, can sit on juries and vote in elections. For that matter, they can run for office and might just win: some of our fellow citizen voters are not a whole lot wiser.
Anything goes! right?
It would be nice if I could "identify" as a fabulously wealthy person, good looking at that, who is 25 or 30 years younger than I am. Don't think the bank would agree. Can I "identify" as an eagle, and expect to fly? gravity can be so unforgiving!
No. Reality is. So is the bank balance, and the calendar. And that eeeevil mirror! It conflicts with that "identifcation". Arrest it for "hateful imagery"!
Yes, people hate the truth. It makes us uncomfortable.
So, speaking the truth is now to be shouted down as "Hate Speech", lest the truth be recognized.
This is how civilizations fail.
and the 10 minute errand across the back yard to bring coffee and keep an eye on things (Little One) so Wife can take a break, turned into 2-1/2 hours as they both snoozed in the living room. Only sleep Wife has had for about 30 hours, so can't refuse. Ending with me taking their dog outside so that he may "do his business" . I put him on a long (VERY long) leash so he can run a bit. And then came home, carefully skirting the piles of his previous "business".
The day's reading in the Old Testament is chapters 1, 2, and 3 of Leviticus. This is, primarily, directed at the Levites, the tribe of priests, and immediately focuses upon the specifics of the worship and sacrifice system that the Lord commanded. Gets into some pretty fine detail.
Note that part of that detail involves things like washing the sacrifice. Remember where they were? Right. In a DESERT! Deserts are not famous for having lots of water available for non-essential matters. Like washing animal parts. But the Lord commanded it. Where were they going to get the water? Answer is obvious. From Him! He invented water, after all. And deserts too, but the water, as well as everything else that they had (and that we have) came from His hand. He knew what they would need, and He would supply it. Which was, and still is, a good reminder, that the system of worship was both commanded and enabled by Him. He made the animals, He created the water, He made them both available. Still does.
Note as well that they entire system and methods were ordained. I believe that He did so, in no small part, to differentiate their system from the systems employed, not only by the Egyptians they'd dwelt among for 430 years, but from those nations that would surround them. Nations that employed such practices as infant sacrifices, as human sacrifices, as temple prostitutes, as temple homosexual sodomites, as a wide array of other abominations. The Lord intended that they avoid such things, that they discriminate against them. That His people be a "peculiar people", not like those around them. No, "anything goes" does NOT go. "Doing your own thing" is NOT what He commands. And, no, there are NOT "many ways up the mountain". He had expectations of a "reasonable act of service" and still does.
The day's passage in the New Testament is verses 23-39 from chapter 24 in the Gospel of Matthew. Again, this is Jesus speaking in the last few days before the Crucifixion. A very intense period.
When shall the Lord return? As He said, no man knows.
Wife and I have a shared memory on that. We were married back in 2008, in September. It was a relatively bare-bones thing, we paid for it all out of our own, very meager, resources. So we didn't have an organist or anything else for the ceremony. We'd arranged with an old friend of hers to sing "Oh Promise Me" or something like that as we'd walk the aisle. Except that her friend, Brenda, was tied up with some Pentecostal cult group that was caught up in some guy's briefly-popular book who'd predicted that that very day, Jesus was coming back. So rather than show up as promised, she stayed home to pack! Don't laugh, that 's how the Jehovah Witnesses got started. So Wife and I have a particular attitude towards all those who claim to have had a "new revelation", just send money for their book. Jesus knew this would happen, He was right, of course.