'm running well behind on things here. I hope to play a bit of catch up later one, but we shall see.
Third day of Spring. A warm, "toasty" 31° "high" temperature here today, going to around 14° tonight. Supposed to be somewhat better after that. As mentioned on other occasions, there has frequently been snow in this area well into April, and I can recall it once (around 1962 or so) the 1st or 2nd day of May! So we may not be done yet. I saw reports earlier out of Georgia and the Carolinas, the unseasonable (for that area) cold has about destroyed the peach crop there. A tough year for them, truly.
Wife was able to take her Humira today, two days later than scheduled, but it's in her now and she's resting comfortably. That means a great deal to me. She slept well last night (I didn't, but what of it?) which is also a very good sign. She is scheduled to "watch" the Little One tomorrow.
Meantime, she felt well enough to make a late lunch. The vegetable soup we had was a leftover. But the home made bread / baguettes were made from scratch, the old flour and yeast and all that stuff. The oven warmed the hovel, the food was wonderful, and, again, we know what is in the food. With all of her food allergies, that is extremely important.
I sometimes say that we should focus our attention on the Lord and what He has done and is doing for us. I stand by that, but I don't always follow it.
I spent much of yesterday, and today up until around noon, reading one of Mark Steyn's books: After America. Depressing. The more so because he's right. He sounds much like someone would foreseeing the soon fall of the Roman Empire,or the Byzantine, or the collapse of Pax Brittanica. Or several others. Essentially, he's foreseeing the about-to-occur collapse of civilization. I wish that I could disagree. Can't. He believes that we are, right this minute, in the brief breathing space that, bad as it is, presages the complete fall.
I'm infamous for saying "I believe in miracles". Well, I do. Have seen a few. But I earnestly believe that it will require one, and since this old world, including much of what we used to call Christendom, has told Him to take a hike, that seems unlikely to happen. But I've been wrong before. Hope that I am here as well.
Our reading in the Old Testament is chapters 7 and 8 of Joshua.
Again, Moses is gone, Joshua is the leader, and they are in the Promised Land. But the struggle is not over, the Lord has work for them to do in taking that ground. And rebellion wasn't left behind while crossing Jordan, nor in the 40 years before that. And there are consequences. Still are. Those consequences had a "splash effect" on others. That hasn't changed either.
By the way, the ruined city of Ai is thought to be the same place now called Et-tell
Our New Testament reading today is verses 25-52 of chapter 2 in the Gospel of Luke.
Jesus has been born in Bethlehem. Now the saga begins.