I am remiss in not having noted yesterday that a week from yesterday will have us, FINALLY!, in the month of May. If you can't guess, May is my favorite month. Probably no snow. Probably no horrid heat (as they rate things here, at least). So at least that is improving. Yay!
Ever walk around somehow expecting catastrophe to strike any moment without warning? I'm prone to it, unfortunately, Would dismiss it out of hand, except that I have been through several catastrophes already. Yes, they certainly can happen. One can, sometimes, survive them, just barely, but a few that I've been through took a life and others changed several others drastically, mine among them, and not for the better in my humble opinion. So
Song(s) of the day.
Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It. This was in my head all afternoon yesterday and into the evening. There are quite a few good versions of it available (free) courtesy of YouTube among others.
Here is one. Totally a capella.
Here another, a major performance in a studio venue with many singers and a full musical accompaniment. Yes, He gives us a song in the night, as the lyrics say. And look at some of the singers here. Some of them are no longer with us. At least one was in full stages of battling breast cancer. Some were -- and are -- going through some very tough times. Some are singing in gratitude and worship after the Lord had brought them through some very tough times.
And another here. By the way, for those who did not know, this is another one of the MANY hymns brought by Fanny Crosby. Look in your hymnal some time. You'll be amazed at how many of the hymns came through her.
The concept of "redemption" is no longer as widely proclaimed in the American churches as was once the case. The "why" of that deserves more and wiser attention than I can give today, but it was very much emphasized at one time. Redemption from the bondage of sin, and the consequences of sin as well.
The Old Testament reading today is chapters 13 and 14 of 2nd Samuel.
David is king. And, like the kings of the nations around, he took MANY wives, and had a few concubines as well. And had children by them. Children who would misbehave, jockey for position, and engage in a whole lot of really awful behaviors. David is described as being a man after God's own heart. Clearly, that didn't get passed down to the offspring, or to the wives and concubines either. Nothing good comes from that, and David and his successors had much grief as a result.
II Samuel 14
The New Testament passage before us is verses 1-26 from chapter 20 of the Gospel of Luke.
Yesterday's reading began with Jesus' "triumphal entry" into Jerusalem, the event we remember as Palm Sunday. In a few days, we will have the Crucifixion and then the Resurrection. Today and for the next several days, we will be reading of the events of Holy Week, those few days between those events. Jesus knew all along what was coming.