A day of remebrance. A good time for families to gather, for memories of those who have gone before, those who have given their all. Parades today, and flags, and memories, and more than a bit of weeping for those no longer with us.
We've been rather quiet here. Neither of us really up to going off to be around large groups of strangers milling around. Both of us more than a bit introverted, to say the least. We'd gotten into a weenie roast last night with next-door niece and husband and the Great-Niece. The hot dogs were about half done when the downpour began. Much dashing around hauling stuff up on their porch, etc. The chairs we left out for the rain to clean off. We ate and slogged through the wet grass and puddles home, dried off, made an early night of it. Rain on the roof makes us both sleepy.
Had some family news today. My sister and her husband are on staff at a Christian college (now calling itself a university) in Virginia. Both have been there a good while. That institution was always the most theologically liberal of all those in that denomination, and has gone well beyond that in recent years. Like others who've gone that route, they've received plaudits from the like-minded. And reduced pupils and higher costs. So, the university is offering buyouts / early retirement to its older staffers, meaning them among others. And the end of this December they will leave. What comes next they haven't decided. I am very carefully staying out of it. I love them both but we aren't close in any real sense, and haven't been since we were teens, if then. I do wish them well.
And then this. Our younger daughter, married, living in California and utterly estranged from us, made something known to other persons in the extended family within the last few days. She has decided that she's really a guy. Even has a new name chosen. This is not what I'd prayed for my little girl over the years, but it is far out of my control. And I have no idea whatever as to her husband's take on the matter. We've considered him to be a great guy, and wished them well. And still do. But this is a bitter pill.
Tomorrow is another day. Perhaps it will be a better one..
song of the day is "My Name is Lazarus". The reason for that is below.
But "4 Days Late" fits as well.
The Old Testament reading today is chapters 26 and 27 of 1st Chronicles.
I Chronicles 27
Our New Testament reading is verses 18-46 of chapter 11 in the Gospel of John. This is the second half of the story of Lazarus. This account is the reason for the chosen "song of the day".