yet another occasion for Yours Truly to have not hit the "publish" button. Regrets and all that (dock my pay?)
Happy Sunday. No snow on the ground, temperatures above freezing. Makes it nice, truly. We actually have a few windows open. This is obviously not the same weather we had in the South. I see a forecast of temps in the low 70°'s this coming week, with a few "high" temperatures in the following week in the low 60°'s! That will be like May 1 and 2! Meanwhile, our former home in Alabama should see some highs in the mid-80's, and several in the low to mid 90°'s. Our former home in west Arkansas is expecting temps in the mid-70's to mid-80°'s, and our former homes in east Tennessee are expecting about the same as that. I do miss that, but Wife does not.
This is the first Sunday after Easter. The usual "C&E" attendance surge is past, but we did have a few visitors in worship services today. A Good Thing. I came away with quite a lot to ponder the rest of the day. I may or may not speak of that at a later time.
Weather is a bit better, actually, and niece's husband (from next door) decided that Sunday was a suitable day to mow the lawn. Theirs, ours, and at least part of the lawn next door, the lady whose husband died in early winter. Not quite the way I grew up spending Sunday.but my permission or advice were neither requested nor would they be welcome, and he is one of those who always has to be doing something. So he did.
Wife's sister and niece's mom is home from the hospital after major surgery, and by all reports is in a lot of pain. The various autoimmune diseases, including but not limited to lupus, run in the family. It killed Wife's mom and aunt, and wife and sister-in-law both have them, and we see some signs of it in our daughters, part of why neither intends to have any children.
The day's passage in the Old Testament is chapters7,8, and 9 of 2nd Samuel.
David is king, and there is some stuff going on. Wars and fightings, certainly. But some other matters that will have long term consequences.
II Samuel 8
II Samuel 9
Our reading in the New Testament is verses 1-28 in chapter 19 of the Gospel of Luke.
Lots here. It begins with the story of Zacchaeus, one of those stories many of us remember from our childhood. A man who had become rich through less-than-honorable-though-not-illegal means. Who sought Jesus, and repented.
And we also see His words to those who presumed that their riches were evidence of the Lord's approval, to be used as they saw fit.