And now we begin anew. A new week before us, with opportunities and issues. Time to get at it.
Wife is largely recovered from the procedure that she underwent last Friday, just a few days ago. She was able to eat real food last night (home made vegetable beef soup based on the beef from the freezer that I'd cooked Saturday in the crockpot. Should get two or three more meals out of that, relatively cheap, VERY good, and "we know what's in it", important with her food allergies. She had a big cup of it, pronounced it good. So we've got more in the refrigerator to be used.
But otherwise it was a bit of a down day. It was Mother's Day. We heard from cousins and nieces and nephews and friends that we've made all over the US. Very nice indeed. But not so much as a single word from our daughters, both estranged from us for going on two years now. We love them, always have and always will. The like part is strained, to say the least. And it has put a burden on her that she really didn't need.
I'm pulling back from a good bit of the social media. Some of our friends and friends of friends, extended family, etc., aren't happy with some of my stances, and there is zero chance of changing any minds, so all it does is to use up time and raise blood pressures. And the time wastage really bothers me. Investing time is one thing, wasting it in pointless wrangles, etc., is quite another.
Our reading from the Old Testament is chapters 12, 13, and 14 of 2nd Kings. The rot in the split nations of Israel and Judah is deep and wide. Definitely not honoring the Lord (sound familiar?). I doubt that it is what Moses had hoped would be the legacy. Or David either. Or Abraham. Seems to be the "usual pattern" of human cultures. Ours is not one bit better. And I know what happens next.
II Kings 13
II Kings 14
The New Testament reading is verses 25-47 in chapter 5 of the Gospel of John.
There are some passages in Scripture that seem to demand to be read aloud. This is one. Yes, silently reading it is fine. But I truly believe it gains by being voiced. After all, Jesus was speaking, with all the vocal dynamics and nuances, all the visuals that accompanied it. He was --- and still is -- speaking to people, not writing a treatise or divinity school essay.