Rather nice to be writing "March" rather than the month-names that preceded it. Only 19 days until official Spring. It would be even nicer if it were not for the fact that it is snowing outside right now. Snowed last night, lightly, and right now, also lightly. But expecting to get 3 inches of the awful stuff tonight. I remember, just last week, it was 70° here, but now snow!! Yucky disgusting stuff, but "it comes with the territory".
Just got back from a trip to the pharmacy, dropped most of our remaining bank funds into two refills that -- FINALLY!! -- came in. Some of Wife's meds are unusual, as is her combination of nasty conditions. We are thankful for the insurance. Without it, just the one med would have been more than $500 out of pocket. That's just one of them.
We came home from her infusion yesterday, I got her something to eat, and she stretched out on recliner under blankets (and one cat). After a while, an hour or two, she went in to bedroom and crawled under the covers, and slept like a dead thing. For about 20 hours! She finally woke up around 09:30 this morning. Made her way back to recliner, I put pillows under feet and blankets over the body, and got her something to eat. And then headed off to the pharmacy and just made it back. And she is now back in bed. We'll probably have another two days of this, perhaps three, based on our experience of the last one of these infusions. She completes the current round of antibiotics tonight for the nasty strep infection. Which is a factor also.
I hate some of these errands. We live on the Ohio-PA state line and pharmacy is on the PA side. So I "get" to experience the wonderfulness of PENNDOT, the state department of transportation. The bunch of ninnies who provide, at horrid cost, even more horrid roads, and still more horrid traffic signal arrangements. They seem to be intent on making a person stop at ALL of them, regardless of lack of cross traffic. So what should be a relatively minor matter turns into an Ordeal, all due to these ninnies. I really don't need the added stress, especially for no purpose.
But Spring is 19 days away, Lent began yesterday, and St. Patrick's Day is coming. Those who love snow skiing and snowmobiling and winter camping, or who make an income plowing snow out of parking lots, will probably be unhappy. Not me.
Struggling to find a single "song of the day". Wobbling back and forth between three of them, all of them good.
"Living He Loved Me", a good version here. Sometimes titled "Glorious Day". Does that knowledge encourage and invigorate us? It should. It must.
"For Such a Time As This". Good version here. The story of Esther is one that is more well known in Jewish circles, hence the celebration of Purim, than in most Christian circles. But the message is for all who follow the Lord. We're here for a reason. Yes, "For such time as this, I was placed upon the earth. To hear the voice of God, and do His will. WHATEVER it is."
Two versions of "Can Anybody Hear Her?" or "Can Anybody Hear Her?", which was on my mind during the night. There are those who live in despair: I've been there. They are all around us, we live in a mission field, if we will accept it.
Sometimes, those who bear the name of Christ are less than eager to share the hope inside of us. Not good. If we don't, who will? The world? Perhaps that's the point, we really are here "for such a time as this", to tell the lost and broken, "Living He loved me", and He loves you as well. Even me. Even them. Even all of us. No matter where we are or where we've been. We can be changed in Christ, we can have a new beginning, a new life in Him.
Ain't that good news?
The Old Testament passage before us is chapters 28 and 29 of Numbers. Chapter 29 shows us the instructions for the Feast of Trumpets. That is not only the day of the beginning of the Jewish New Year to this very day, it is also one of the holiest days of the year, Rosh Hashanah. There are those who believe that this will be the day of the year that Christ returns. For those interested, in 2017 that day, Rosh Hashanah, will be on the "regular" calendar on September 21.
Our reading in the New Testament is verses 1-29 of Mark chapter 9
This includes the account of the Transfiguration. If there was ever a "I wish that I had been there" point, this would be high on the list. And yet, when things got bad, in the Garden, they all ran, and Peter denied Him. Would I have done better? Probably not.