Happy Monday to all!
Had I said that while still gainfully employed, rocks and bullets might have been directed towards me. Not so much now, particularly when semi-anonymous behind miles of cables and wireless transmission systems. And, of course, for many/most of my work years, I frequently worked 7 days a week, often two jobs and sometimes three. Making very little, so I think I can send the very occasional 'happy Monday" without too much shame.
Wife has gone across the narrow back yard and is "watching" the Great-Niece. In about an hour, I am under orders to bring over some more coffee. This is from She Who Must Be Obeyed. So I shall endeavor to do so.
The news reports are still filled with wars and rumors of wars. Perhaps it has always been thus, but it does seem to me to be far more prevalent these days. Wars and fightings, disease, anger, all the rest. Yes, there is also love and restoration and forgiveness and hope, but such things rarely make the front page or the lead story on the TV news blather. Makes it easy to become discouraged and apprehensive. Lots of that going on. Whether that is a cause or a symptom of all the heavy drug use we see, the daily heroin overdoses that too often lead to death, I can't say. Certainly there is an air of hopelessness that is endemic, particularly in the area in which we live now.
Looking for hope and for satisfaction in our circumstances, possessions, momentary pleasures or the other things of this world is, I believe, ultimately fruitless, and keeps us from focusing on the one true source of hope and joy, and that is the Lord. He knows very well what we're going through. And He is our only hope, too.
The Old Testament reading today is chapters 10, 11, and 12 of 2nd Samuel.
David is king now. Samuel is dead, and David is in sore need of wise counsel. The example of how to be a king that he knew was that of Saul, with some occasion to observe the practices of the heathen lands around. And he is going down some very wrong roads. Wrong, very. But remember that the behaviors of David were consistent with the conduct of most kings of the day in the region, and many since then as well. As well as the behavior of powerful men around the world since the Fall. Even today. Some of us have had occasion to observe it even in our own land and our own time.
II Samuel 11
II Samuel 12
The New Testament passage is verses 29-48 of chapter 19 in the Gospel of Luke.
This is the account of Jesus' "Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem", the event many of us celebrate as "Palm Sunday". Triumphal. To be followed in just a few days with His crucifixion.