We're off in just a bit. Well, there are those who think we are "off" a bit all the time. But in this case, Dear Wife wants to go across the back and "watch" the Great-Niece. She's really been unable to do this, or much else, for the last two weeks. She misses the Little One, the Little One misses her, the niece needs someone to watch the waif, and no other options are open. Grandmother (niece's mom) and niece are in the midst of one of their periodic squabbles, and wouldn't have agreed to take the charge today. So, Lord willing, we'll get through today, and Wednesday, and Thursday as well. And I am quite carefully staying out of the line of fire of these intra-family squabbles, an in-law like me is advised to studiously shut up. So I am. Dear Wife is wanting me to assist, so I guess I will. There are about a hundred things that need to be done around the house, but can't be two places at once, so we'll adjust the to-do list.
Weather is expected to be better today than most of what we've experienced over the last week or so. Meaning no snow, and above-freezing temperatures, allowing some snow melt. Yesterday we got above freezing, some anyway, which was nice. Spring getting closer every minute. Can't come too soon for me.
I am not a historian by trade, but probably know a bit more of it than many do. I watch the behavior of all too many in this country, including prominent people, and many who somehow have wangled paid "positions of public trust" or are paid for public commentary on such. I feel like we are watching a reprise of "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", or the collapse of Byzantium, or the fall of the Kingdom of Israel. Too many parallels for my liking. I believe in miracles, and believe that the moral rot can be healed, but it's looking like a miracle is what is needed. When a nation or a culture tells the Lord, "Take a hike and don't bother us", the real risk is that He will. Collapse is inevitable at that point.
The Fall of Rome took place, depending on which benchmark you choose, in 476.
The final collapse of Byzantium and the Byzantine Empire is dated as 29 May 1453 but it was dying LONG before then.
The Fall of Judah in 586 B.C.
Think it can't happen again??
Changing the direction of a nation is something I can't do. And I'm not called to do so. What I CAN do, what all of us are called to do, is to shine the light of Christ where we are. That we ARE able to do. The lives we touch may touch others. And they, others,
The reading in the Old Testament is chapters 1 and 2 of Deuteronomy. This begins with a reminder from the Lord, through Moses, to the people, a reminder of how they got to where they were, what the Lord had done for them, what He was commanding them to do and to refrain from, and marching orders, literally, for the future. It is said that we more often need to be reminded of something we already know, than to learn something entirely new. They, and their ancestors, had been through some "stuff". So have we. Didn't hurt to remind them, or us either, of the Lord's provision throughout, and to emphasize His direction for the future that He was providing for them. Or for us. He's earned our gratitude, and theirs as well.
The New Testament passage is verses 1-19 of Mark chapter 11. The Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Cheering crowds. Many of whom would, a few days later, been screaming "Crucify Him!"