Up early. Off to the local hospital where the doc keeps his office. More to follow once we know more.
==>; Sitting in waiting area of Nuclear Medicine department hospital. She was called back just moments ago. Probably will be there for several hours. So I have this device on a charger cord, and expect to be sitting here a while , lost in my thoughts.
Being caught up in the folds of American medicine is interesting. Sometimes wondrous, inspiring, and with great, caring, skilled personnel. Sometimes not. Both my grandads and at least one uncle died early of maladies quite regularly treatable now, which weren't at the time. Wife limps along, but alive by virtue of medicines and treatments that did not exist when her mother was born, and some that did not exist when Wife was born. So, yes, there is illness and pain and suffering. But life. Shall we focus on the challenges or on the blessings? I think we know what we SHOULD emphasize, but we (meaning me too) don't necessarily. It's natural: we pay more attention to the tooth that hurts rather than the ones that don't. It reminds us of what needs to be fixed.
We drove in through an area I once regularly frequented. That was 40 years go. Parts of it "only" 30 years ago. The area used to be, generally, considered nice. Not the 2 block area around the hospital, but most of the route in. Now? Empty store fronts. Empty lots where businesses, including at least one shopping plaza once stood. Empty lots, weed covered and overgrown, where houses once stood. Burned-out shells of houses. People shuffling about with no purpose, no hope, no future, waiting to die with the only interlude a jug of booze or a few packets of heroin, or a "hookup" with a randy stranger with a similar outlook.
Out of this, you don't get a good town or life or prospect for either.
But then, looking for hope outside of Christ is futile. The failure should not surprise us. But I hear, quite regularly from old one-time friends, who are absolutely sure that some government or quasi-government program will Make It All Better. Or an art project, or an after school program. Or whatever. Sadly, some are in leadership roles with various churches and religious groups. Eager to do almost anything rather than preach the Gospel.
Sounds like some are worshiping a false god.
From the Old Testament, chapters 10 and 11 from the Judges.
Reading in the New Testament today, verses 1-36 from chapter 9 of the Gospel of Luke.
Lots here, all significant. And concluding with the event we call the Transfiguration.