Almost halfway through April already!
We hope/plan/expect to be leaving here in a bit to take Dear Wife to the hospital lab for the "blood work" that is deemed necessary. After that .... we shall see.
We are also half way through "Holy Week", that period between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Or, perhaps more correctly, Resurrection Sunday. The "easter" term is thought by many to be an old carry-over from the Roman rites of celebration of Astarte, and the connection of that false goddess to the spring season. Looking at so many of the activities going on this week and that includes on Sunday, there's heavy emphasis on cute bunnies, chocolate candy, colored eggs, and the like. Not very much emphasis on Christ, the cross, the Resurrection, the payment for our (my) sins, and the hope that lies within us. Unfortunately, that is all too common in all too many churches as well. I've certainly observed my fair share of it. Yes, it should be a time of joy. But that should be tinged with a recognition of the reason behind it all.
So we shall see. And I'm not exempt. Wife's family, mostly atheist or worse, has a regular gathering on Easter Sunday for lunch. We've been tucking back the odd $4 -$5 monthly since Thanksgiving to cover our part of it. So we'll go, and spend too much time, and come home. This sounds bad the way I've said it, but remember that for 20-some years, we were living nearly a thousand miles away, and NEVER had those family get-togethers that are and were so important to her. So this is her chance to reconnect, some at least. So many have passed over in that interim, which makes it harder.
Perhaps this lets us be a witness to them. Worth the try.
Our Old Testament passage is chapters 10. 11. and 12 of 1st Samuel.
Saul has been anointed as king, and Samuel is making it clear what that means.
I Samuel 11
I Samuel 12
The New Testament reading is verses 22-35 in the 13th chapter of the Gospel of Luke.