First Saturday in March. Sunday will be the last Sunday before Daylight Savings Time begins. We have just over two weeks until the first day of Spring on 20 March. Now, we got a bunch of snow dumped onto us Thursday night and Friday morning, and today's "high" is only expected to hit 32°F, so it definitely does not look like a sunny picture of an idealized Spring day. Not close. But we know that it is approaching. So we're hanging on. Monday and Tuesday are predicted to see temperatures in the 50's, so there will be some "interesting" snow melt going on. "Interesting" meaning not only the potential for localized flooding courtesy of ice dams and such, but also for localized re-freezing leading to nearly invisible ice patches, making for some "interesting" driving. The Interstate highway just a few miles away had SEVEN tractor-trailers slide off the road yesterday morning, probably due to ice on the roadway just before dawn. Lord willing, I am staying off the roads today, didn't move an inch out of the drive yesterday. I'll try to clear some of the 4-6 inches of snow off the ancient vehicle today, preparatory to heading off to church services in the morning, but that's the extent of it for me.
It was bad enough shoveling off the deck and steps, and clearing a path to the vehicle and a narrow footpath from there to the road. Was about all that I was up to, but thought I owe it to the mail carrier to not force trudging through half a food of snow.
At least today it is bright and sunny out. Too bad we're supposedly going down to around 14° tonight. After that, a bit of break in the cold
Dear Wife seems to be doing a little better. I was able to get some real food into her yesterday afternoon. Afterwards, she took a hot shower and then went to bed for a while. We'll think of it as a step forward. A small one, but small ones are as real as big ones, and we'll take it.
She told me later in the evening that the "real" food did her some good. That was a comfort: in the earlier part of the day she'd been unable to eat more than a few spoons of the Malt-o-meal I'd made for us. She asked for, and I made, a cup of hot water with a couple bouillon cubes dissolved in it. She wasn't sure she'd be able to keep even that down, but she did.
This morning, she was able to eat some pancakes, and just ate a big "chef salad". So being able to eat some "real" food was most welcome. Of such small victories is real progress made. We are most thankful for all of these, the little things we normally take for granted until they're not there.
A few "song of the day" nominations/
How about "Great Is Thy Faithfulness", for one? Some of us, certainly those of us who are or have gone through some "things", know this to be true, that He has been faithful even when we have not.
Perhaps "How Great Thou Art". This was done by Joey and Rory Feek, while she was dying of cancer. Yet she could still proclaim the goodness of the Lord in the midst of it! THAT is a testimony! (sniff).
Our reading in the Old Testament today is chapters 32 and 33 of Numbers. They are getting close to the Promised Land, and there are some issues to be resolved. And, of course, many of the warnings are soon ignored, with bad results of that to appear very shortly thereafter.
The reading in the New Testament for today is verses 1-31 from Mark chapter 10.
Some of this is no longer considered appropriate for teaching in several supposedly Christian confederations. See verses 5-10 particularly. Male and female? There are several denominations where that would be roundly condemned as "hate speech". Several. Forbidding of divorce? I've seen figures that indicate that the incidence of things like divorce, adultery, and general sexual sins to be roughly the same within the church as in the society at large. And that figure, sadly, includes more than a few in leadership roles: I've known a few personally and had reason to know of several more that were not widely known except in some circles. There have been several more that became public scandals.