Happy Saturday! And today is the last full day of Standard Time. The change to Daylight Savings Time is tonight, technically at 02:00. So do not forget to set the clocks ahead an hour, or you'll be dragging into the church service late. And, probably, so stressed that you focus on the stressful morning rather than the Lord. Been there, done that. I understand.
A respectable amount of snow on the ground. Thursday at noon or so, it was relatively --- note that I said "relatively" -- nice outside for this area at this time of year. That didn't last. And by early evening, the snow was coming down pretty good. By yesterday morning, that was a pretty good amount, several inches of the awful stuff. That was added to throughout the day and the evening and night. So there is more now. Only nine more days until Spring. But I can recall snow on the 1st or 2nd of MAY!, and quite often in April. So we're not done yet.
Sister-in-law is resting at home. They couldn't do the major surgery Thursday night due to her blood levels, she'd essentially been doing a slow hemorrhage for some time, and her blood is weird anyway due to all the blood transfusions, including both whole blood and platelets, that she's needed for previous surgeries, etc. So she very nearly bled to death. The hemacrit levels were a tiny fraction of what normal would be. And it seems that a competent physician would have spotted her symptoms months ago, but the quack she sees told her it was just discomfort from a bad gall bladder. Quack!
I spent a good bit of yesterday with an actual book, real paper and binding type instead of an e-book. Max Lucado has written quite a lot, and his "Facing Your Giants" was in the local public library, and I spent the day with it. Highly recommended. He's drawing on the story of David and his life, and the parallels to our own and the lessons. Yes, I highly recommend it. Lots of good lessons there, but one of the top was that when David (or we) focused on God, he was successful. When he focused on the giant, including the "giants" of self, lust, or the enemies, he failed. As do we. Our "giants" aren't always ugly guys nine feet tall, but they may be loss of job, marital issues, illness, the undeserved harm that others do us, or others. The same God who enabled David to do the impossible, still does.
Our lesson today in the Old Testament is14, 15, and 16. There's quite a lot here, but one thing here is some of the specifics of the dietary laws that we sometimes refer to as "kosher".
The reading for the day in the New Testament is verses 14-37 in chapter 13 of the Gospel of Mark.