12 days until Spring arrives. Hurrah!! And the prediction is for a high of around 54° today. Not too bad, right? Except that the predicted "high" on Saturday is 26°, and the lows for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in the teens. Not to my liking, certainly. And snow is predicted for next Tuesday and Thursday. I hate that stuff. Oh, well. Been through MUCH worse.
Dear Wife was doing better yesterday, actually was healthy enough and motivated enough and hungry enough to make dinner. Or, perhaps, she was weary of my less than great cooking skills. And she's heading off momentarily to trudge through the puddles and muddy spots, going Next Door to "watch" the Great-Niece. I may or may not go with her, we shall see. Normally, she goes over around 06:50. I bring her coffee around 09:00 or so, and perhaps take niece's dog outside, sometimes on a walk around the area. Weather will determine which. But he'll need to go outside to deal with certain needs. Anyway, I 'll take her coffee, get instructions on other matters, like "get xxx out of freezer and put it in fridge to thaw for dinner tonight", or the like, and spend a few minutes with the great-niece, a little bit of bonding. Then back home, doing the dishes, laundry, vacuuming, cat litter pans, making bed, etc. etc. And, if possible, reading a bit.
One very hopeful development was that she was well enough Monday evening to take her Humira injection. This is something that she's supposed to be doing weekly (most people do it every other week, which is an indicator of the severity of her condition), but had not been well enough to take it for the better part of two months. Which, in turn, has led to strong resurgence of all the rheumatoid disease, including but not limited to the rheumatoid arthritis, the psoriatic arthritis and overall psoriasis, and the ulcerative colitis. Among other things. She seems to have stood it well. We normally figure that the day after the injection will be a tough one, but she held up very well, which is a good sign to be sure.
I was at local library yesterday, picked up one of Max Lucado's books, Facing Your Giants, which looked promising. After all, the same Lord who carried Samson, still carries us. Or can, if we only allow Him to do what seems impossible. Another instance of "for such a time as this". Bible is full of those examples, and that didn't end in the time of the Twelve, it still goes on today. Some of us have been there.
So we have another Song of the Day. A testimony from all of us, perhaps. Through It All
Our Old Testament reading today is chapters 5, 6, and 7 of Deuteronomy. Pay particular attention to verses 4 and 5 of chapter 6. The first and greatest commandment.
Our New Testament reading today is verses 1-27 from chapter 12 in the Gospel of Mark.
Again, this is Jesus, in Jerusalem, in that short and intense period between being received with shouts of "Hosannah!!" and, only a few days later, shouts of "Crucify Him!".