Running waaaaaaaaayyy late today.
Yesterday wasn't too bad. Relatively -- by local standards -- nice weather. And Valentine's Day, a day to again tell my Beloved how much I love and cherish her and what we've been blessed with, together. It was just over 30 yeas ago that we first met, neither of us looking, both of us sure that we would never find love. The Lord had other plans, and we are thankful.
Last night, niece and husband met us for dinner at a "family restaurant". Despite all our trials, we do still try to have one "special night" a month, and last night was it.
Today is another day, as we say.
She had trouble sleeping last night, alternated between the bed and the recliner all night. Didn't do my sleep any particular good, but that comes with the territory.
So I've been playing the Caregiver role today. She just threw up all over herself, and had a very nasty diarrhea attack at the same moment. We have some meds for both, and I gave them to her. She's in the recliner now under blankets and with "her" cat on her lap.
Scary part is that she about fell through the bathtub. We live in an old mobile home. All we can afford, frankly, but apparently there was some rot underneath the tub. A plastic/fiberglass tub isn't the strongest thing in the world, as we've discovered, and there are long cracks running across it. Result is that you (or at least I) stand at the end right under the shower head, take a quick shower and get out. She can't stand that long, so there is a built-in seat, lets her sit and use the shower head on a hose and do her thing, then get out. Only this time she was so shaky she slipped and fell and very nearly fell through a widening crack. I was, finally, able to get her out. Tricky, to say the least.
When Spring eventually comes, I'll be looking for one of those special-sized tubs made for mobile homes, and hope to swap it out. Hopefully used and real cheap, color doesn't matter. I have a shower stall if it comes to that, but it also will have to wait until warm weather, for there will have to be some structural work anyway, and it take takes a smaller footprint anyway and a large hole in the bathroom floor when it's only 19° is not my idea of a good time.
Just another day in Happy Land. No one said it was supposed to be easy, right?
Her cousin is finally out of the hospital after her kidneys about shut down as a result of high sugar levels in the system. So that's a good thing. No further word from the wife of one of my nephews who just suffered a miscarriage. Another one.
Snowing outside earlier. Also not my every dream come true. Oh, well.
Am trying to dodge an issue. The wife of one of my nephews has been very active in their church, a once very conservative congregation in a very conservative denomination. She did not grow up in a Christian home. Neither did her husband, my nephew. My late father had a great deal with bringing them to know the Lord, which is a wonderful thing, and they've been growing in the faith, especially her. That's great. And she has been increasingly involved in that church and the activities. A few years ago she was named as "worship leader", which in many churches translates to "leads the congregational singing and may lead or assign the opening prayer". Which is fine. But lately, they've had her preaching the Sunday morning sermon as well. She's preparing for one to be brought in mid-March. And that I do have a problem with, believing that it is contrary to Scripture. I know it is being done, in many places at that. Sometimes under the reasoning of "men are not stepping up", which is too often true. Sometimes under the "if they're gifted in this way, the Lord must want them to use that gift", which is harder. And sometimes under the "how dare you say that men and women are not IDENTICALLY gifted and called, you discriminator you!". Identical is not the same as equal. I have been holding my peace. I grew up in that very congregation and denomination, still have friends and acquaintances there going back more than 50 years, and don't really have a say as I've not been associated with them for quite a long time. Indeed, other than the funerals for my mother, and my father, and one visit at Christmas shortly before Dad passed, I'd not been present in a worship setting since around 1970. But I'm not comfortable with the matter, and hope that I am not called upon to state my belief.
The day's reading in the Old Testament today is chapters 20 and 21 of Leviticus.
Some of this stuff is more than a bit disquieting. Prohibitions against stuff that most of us, I hope, would never do.
But some do.
And some did, in that time and in those cultures. Some variants of those cultures exist today, and some of those behaviors are found in them, still.
Part of the issue, then and now sometimes, is plural marriages, meaning primarily polygamy. So a male might (hopefully) avoid temptation to be sexually involved with his own mother, or sister. But the 3rd wife of his father, or his half-sister or the like, fair game in that culture. In ours too, sadly: the proliferation of what Dear Wife calls "serial monogamy" means that there are a whole lot of half-siblings out there. Not to mention the sad patterns of sexual immorality of both sexes, such that there may be half-sibs out there who are unaware of it.
Sadly, it's happening in the church as well, check out the rates of divorce and infidelity and casual sex even among those who claim to be Christians. Including several in leadership: I personally knew a few who were caught up in that. Sad.
There is much else here, part of the laws that the Lord was laying down that would distinguish them from the other nations Regrettably, there is always the temptation to be "just like everyone else". We've all seen it, too often we've fallen for it.
The reading in the Old Testament is chapter 28 of the Gospel of Matthew. This concludes the survey of Matthew's Gospel.
And it is both horrid and wonderful. Horrid because it comes after the Crucixion, after everyone had abandoned Him. Wonderful, because He still loved them, and because -- GLORY! -- He arose! That meeting with the Apostles, those who had abandoned Him, must have been something!