New month!! I much prefer the months with short names. "May" is much preferable to "January", for example. "June" is better than "December". And I prefer the months whose names do not end in -ary or -ber. Again, it's just my personal preference. Your mileage may vary.
A long day today. Some real challenges before us. But more than a few are behind us as well.
I took Dear Wife off to get her infusion this morning. We were out of there by noon, then the drive home. Got her something to eat, under blankets in the recliner. About 3 hours ago, she relocated into bed and is still there. Starting to suffer the side effects of the infusion, so she's achy and running a fever also, Not A Good Thing, but we've been through this before. Every time is a concern, and yes, every time is different as well. We proceed on faith that this path has been assigned to us, for reasons we can't yet see.
I don't get into a whole lot of details. We've both of us been through some tough things. Her dad was born in Austria, father had ties to the Hapsburgs, the ruling family in Austria, and also had some Jewish ancestry. When the National Socialists took over, Tom's mom used her British passport and got the sons out, and herself. Rest of the family died in the camps. Tom came here, served in the US military during WW2, and then at intervals up into VietNam. Was a POW in Viet Nam. Came home, was a drunk. Seeing your dad's name in the newspaper is tough. He died in pain and poverty from effects of Agent Orange. VA REFUSED to help, but then, 3 months after his passing, sent the widow a letter saying they'd cover him from that point forward! Wife was about the first student in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, but had to work throughout. Had a bad marriage, seems he wasn't divorced from his first wife. Bad situation, made worse by some astonishingly corrupt public officials, including at least one judge. We met, married, and are now coming up on our 29th anniversary, but to this day we suffer some of the results of public corruption.
I also went through some very tough times, being homeless at one time. I've been down some very dark roads, some situations that very nearly had me dead, and despair was a constant companion. We've come a long way, and have learned to lean on the Lord and give thanks for what He has done and is still doing.
We do find the claims of the "prosperity preachers", the "name it and claim it" types, to be truly ridiculous. I wouldn't mind, of course, having some of those goodies. Who wouldn't? But if the world treated Jesus badly, and did, then who should expect His followers to be treated any better, or any differently? My own ancestors came to America to escape truly hideous persecution in Europe, generally at the hands of the religious leaders in the region, most of them being Lutherans and Calvinists. So the road is bumpy for many, and has been.
And behind all those clouds and gray skies, the sun is still shining. We know that.
Our reading in the Old Testament is chapters 25, 26, and 27 of Numbers
Our reading in the New Testament today is chapter 8 of the Gospel of Mark
In here is the question that we all must answer. No matter what.