another goof on my part, hit "save" rather than "publish". Totally my fault.
Well, we made it through a Monday, the least-loved of all of the days of the week. Now we get to try again to get it right. Supposedly, we'll see around 56° today and a low of 37° tonight. Sounds good to me, all things considered, Then I looked at the forecast, which predicted a "high" Saturday of 28° following a Friday night low of 16°. Whether that is awful or not depends on your point of view, but what it isn't, is consistent. And people wonder why nasty sinus problems are chronic in this area. And it does no good for people, like Dear Wife, who have severe arthritis issues. But we're fed, clothed, relatively warm, breathing without assistance. We made it though Monday, so I think we'll make it through the challenges today that may appear.
Dear Wife was able to spend yesterday with the beloved Great Niece next door. A good thing for both of us: little AnnaBella loves her great aunt dearly, and Great Aunt loves the Little One dearly too. It's been a very good thing for both of them, and takes a great load off the mom and dad. This will get more interesting in the next several months, and the Niece is "expecting" a baby boy in the latter part of June. She's feeling the effects of the pregnancy, and I seriously doubt that she'll be working up to the hour of the delivery, nor for the next day or two thereafter. Dear Wife will probably be pressed into service, and Yours Truly probably. Dear Wife has always regretted that she couldn't be present the the first pregnancy and delivery: the little one was 8 months old before we made the long relocation. She won't want to miss another chance. So we shall see.
Perhaps this will give us an opening to bring them to church. We've been trying, but there have been some "issues". Part of it is that Niece's mother, like her mother and grandmother, was a rock-ribbed atheist. At best. Niece's parents were divorced by the time niece was born, dad has never been a part of her life. And we were a thousand miles away. Niece's husband's parents are semi-regular Methodists, and his mom and sisters seem to be inclined to the faith. He's not interested, and resisted his mom's urging to have the Little One christened, pointing to us as examples of baptism at an age of accountability, which in turn had his mom mad at us. So the Great-Niece hasn't grown up singing "Jesus Loves Me" or the like. Trying to find the best way to accomplish what needs to be done.
The 'song of the day' seems to be appropriate to my mood. "Lead Me Lord, I Will Follow". I know that I'm not the only one who ever struggles with knowing the Lord's wishes and direction in a specific issue. Nor do I believe that I'm the only one who has enthusiastically run off, in the wrong direction. That's not an excuse for lethargy, or for just sitting, but it's a reminder that we must daily seek His face and will, committing to obey, whether it makes sense or not.
Our reading in the Old Testament is chapters 3 and 4 of Deuteronomy. Pay particular attention to chapter 4.
The reading in the New Testament is verses 20-33 of Mark chapter 11.
This is Jesus, in that very intense period in Jerusalem, the few days between the Triumphal Entry and the Crucifixion. Read this shore section with that in mind, reflecting that Jesus knew what was coming.