Guess I failed to note that we're now in double digits on the date in March, and are now approaching the halfway point of the month, taking us closer to April. As noted before, this area has quite often seen snow in April. QUITE often in fact. So we're not into the clear, not yet, not at all.
Snow began last evening, and continued through the night. Weather warnings were out all day, and, judging from what I see out the window, were certainly legitimate. I helped Dear Wife over to the niece's place next door, only see about 2 inches here. LOTS more not too far from here, though. Supposed to have a good bit more snow today, or so the last forecast said, the last one I saw anyway. Am rather glad that I don't have the half hour or more commutes that I once had, and yes, many of those were in this area, often in the heart of the "snow belt". I don't miss that, not a bit. Snow is evil.
Wife went over to "watch" the Little One today. And Thursday as well. I walkedd over with her at least, just to ensure that she makes the trip across the backyard ok. There have been times that she had to lean on me the whole way, and some of those cases were not when we had snow on the ground to be negotiated.
Once again, two nominees for song of the day
I Surrender All
Calvary doesn't make sense, does it? Not that the Lord can't do it any way he chose, but why would He bother in the first place? And why this way? After all, think about it: Calvary was not "Plan B", it was known before the earth was formed. Consider that. Doesn't make sense, does it? Neither do some of things that He asks of us. But the mere fact that He asks, means we need to go forward, regardless. Not easy, I know. But that is the picture of obedience. I don't know the reasons. But I trust Him, got no choice, really.
"Surrender" doesn't come easy, either. Surrendering our wishes, our will, our wants, to Him. How far do we really trust Him? And that 's what it comes down to. We say we do, but do we really?
Our Old Testament passage is chapters 23, 24, and 25 of Deuteronomy.
Note again that the Lord discriminates. Notably against the ancient enemies of Israel, like the Amalekites for example, who shall not enter into the fellowship, no, not even after 10 generations, which may as well be forever. Nor shall bastards nor their descendants. Now, again, this is specific to the children of Israel, not on the Christian church. But it is in indication of the need to strictly prevent the adulteration of the nation and of the system of living and worship, so as to prevent foreign practices from coming in. Legitimate concern. Soon ignored. We see that in our world as well. Examples are not hard to find.
Our text in the New Testament is chapter 14 in the Gospel of Mark, verses 51-72
This is tough reading. This is Jesus hauled before the Sanhedrin, the "court" of the religious leaders. This includes the account of Peter denying Christ. I suspect that the memory of this night weighed heavily upon him, yet the Lord was able to forgive even this. THAT is a miracle, and our hope too.