Saturday already! And nearly the middle of May at that! Time flying past (although it doesn't seem that way at the time), and so little to show for it. That is my fault, mine alone.
This has been a rough week. We've had far far worse ones, and may again, but it's not been fun. I'm feeling like butter that's been scraped over too much bread, as the old saying went. I may rest a bit and even add to this later on. Or not.
Another Friday night is behind us. All the "usual" Friday night issues that will trouble lives for years to come. The OD's. The drunk driving arrests and wrecks, injuries -- some permanently crippling -- and a few deaths. The adulteries. The unplanned pregnancies from "meaningful overnight relationships". The stress of police and medics and ER staffs dealing with all of these and more. These are not the marks of a civilization and culture on the ascendancy.
And much more besides.
I noticed yesterday while driving two more recently-vacated industrial properties within a few miles of home. And three bars within walking distance of home, all seem to be doing a lot of business. Another sign of decay.
And also this. Tomorrow, May 14, is celebrated as Mother's Day. Both of our mothers have passed on, been ten years now. That is hard, very.
And both of our kids, our daughters, are estranged from us. Won't even take our phone calls nor respond to old-style letters or cards. Even on Mothers' Day. Makes it very very hard on Dear Wife, especially on top of all the other issues we've been dealing with. And I don't think it's a good thing for any of them. There are more cases of this sort of thing than most people know. I've been told that there is a whole "group" on the "social media" of persons all across the country in similar situations.
The Old Testament passage for the day is chapters 6, 7, and 8 of 2nd Kings. Lots of trouble, and the name of the great prophet Elisha is prominent. Talk about a tough assignment!!
II Kings 7
II Kings 8
Our day's reading in the New Testament is verses 31-54 in chapter 4 in the Gospel of John.