The first Sunday of March. And the beginning of the last week of Standard Time, next Saturday night-Sunday morning will mark the change to Daylight Savings Time. Back in late December, we were having sunset at around 4:55 or so (actually, well before that, as it was pretty much dark by 5 p.m.), while a week from today, sunset will be around 7:30 pm, due to the lengthening days and the time change. More to my liking, that I'll admit. Now, I do admit that this is one good thing about our location. Our former home in central Alabama has a sunset a full half hour earlier than here! Yes, the latitude makes a difference.
Wife continues to make small improvements in condition. Still sleeping a lot, which is cheap medicine if nothing else, and is eating "real food" now. For a few days, her intake was half a slice of buttered toast in the morning, the same in the evening. Getting some bouillon broth down on Friday was a real step forward, and she teetered on the edge of upchucking it throughout. Day by day.
Today is the first Sunday of the month, so Communion will be celebrated at church in a few hours, Lord willing. The matter deserves reverent attention and serious self-examination. This is not, and should never be, a trivial matter. I have been told that there are some church congregations where the members are "too busy" to really attend for this, and thus the elements can be received at a drive-up window, rather like at the bank or a fast food joint. I think the Lord's Supper deserves a bit more than this!
I am showing a link to a song that merits your attention. Again, the story of the presentation merits attention. The song, "Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling", is one that many of us know by heart. This presentation is done by the late Joey Feek, who was at that time battling the cancer that would soon take her life. She knew that. Yet she had the confidence in the Lord to realize that He was calling her Home, and she did not fear that. May we do as well.
The reading in the Old Testament is chapters 34, 35, and 36 of the book of Numbers. This completes the journey through Numbers, the fourth of the five books of the Pentateuch. The time to enter the Promised Land, with all that entails, would soon begin. Quite a change for a mass of people who have spent the last 40 years in the wilderness.
Our reading in the New Testament is verses 32-52 of chapter 10 in the Gospel of Mark.
Verse 45 is one of those very important memory verses.