Late in the week now, in the last half at least. Looking forward to the upcoming period of time.
I've been asked to attend a start-up men's Bible study that begins 5 p.m. today. Planning to be there, Lord willing.
The weekend is coming, with the Sunday morning gathering, which is the right way to begin the week. Yes, sometimes our resolution and focus on the Lord fails during the week, but there's a better chance of success if we start out well.
Sunday evening we're supposed to attend some sort of fund-raiser spaghetti dinner for someone Wife knows who is in Stage 4 cancer and not expected to last much longer.
And Monday morning begins the month of May.
Dear Wife is next door to "watch" the Great-Niece as mom is off to work. Not sure how much longer that will last: she's VERY pregnant, with the birth, should she go to full term, expected in just under 7 weeks, which would be in late June. I'm not a betting man, but if I was, the betting would be that she does not go to that date. She's a tiny thing as it is, and right now looks like a straw with a basketball attached. Very uncomfortable, and the coming warmer weather does nothing to relieve that.
Now, when the Birth occurs, I fully expect that, should she be able, Dear Wife will be spending a lot of time next door to assist in things. Which is probably good for everyone. When niece had the great-niece, we were still living FAR away, so we weren't here to help. Once we arrived, we were barely arrived before Wife became a significant helper. Niece was off work for about 2 months for the great-niece, probably would like to reduce that gap somewhat this time around, but that's up to them.
So it should be Fun. I guess.
The Old Testament reading is chapters 17 and 18 of 2nd Samuel. More of the problems that David's own son, Absalom, has been causing. If you ever become concerned about the Old Testament requirement that a rebellious son be put to death to remove the problem, re-read this whole section. Now, I'm glad, personally, that the command is no longer honored: my own parents would surely have taken me out and the whole town would have eagerly assisted in the stoning. But, clearly, the conduct of Absalom, aided by many others as well as David's own failings, created many issues, issues that had long-term effects upon the nation.
II Samuel 18
The New Testament portion today is verses 1-19 of chapter 21 in the Gospel of Luke.
This contains some teachings straight from Jesus that are in direct conflict with the teachings of the "Prosperity Preachers", the "name it and claim it" and "faith" cults.
Jesus died terribly. So did most of the Twelve. So did many of the other followers, and that continues to this very day. In places like Mexico. And Africa. And most of the Middle East. And in places like Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and elsewhere.