WELL into May now. Flying by fast, which sorrows me: it is my favorite month of the entire year, and it is flying past. Time does that.
Yesterday was a long one. I took Dear Wife to the gastroenterologist practice in a nearby (relatively) town. Colonoscopy, with all that implies. We were there for hours! Brought her home, got her a bit to eat, solid food for the first time since Wednesday evening. She ate, and went in to nap, Got up an hour later, made something else to eat, lay back down. This whole experience about did her in. The docs say it doesn't look as bad as had been feared. No duodenal ulcer. No Crohn's Disease. No ulcerative colitis either, but there is a real bad case of autoimmune caused colitis. And a few other things as well. So it makes her miserable, very, and prone to sudden and painful diarrhea, and some other things, but it could have been much worse. Some of the tissue samples are still out for analysis, but it could have been worse.
I went to the pharmacy and picked up a new prescription for her that is supposed to address some of the nastier symptoms. Under $20 too, which was a relief.
Not much more to say right now. I'm about done in also. Been yet another of "those" weeks, but we'll get through.
Our assignment in the Old Testament today has us beginning the first book of the Chronicles.
The first few days will have some names and some genealogies. I used to pass these by in a blur, which was a mistake. First, all of these names, strange to us as many are, were attached to real people, as real as any of us. They're here for some reasons, in part because it's a good idea to understand the origins of things, and the chain of events and lives that bind us to all of them.
Another reason, one of several, is that this sort of thing was considered to be vital to the Jews. Such is still the case in several cultures. I have, for example, a friend who lives in the States, but his family came here from Korea. But they're not Korean in some respects, they trace their lineage back to one of the generals who accompanied Temujin, who you may know as Genghis Khan, the great conqueror who came from Mongolia, and to this day they consider themselves Mongols, the descendants of the Golden Horde, though they speak Korean. And English. They didn't need one of these DNA tests you see advertised on TV. They knew. So do Koreans, the higher-ups at least. So do the higher-up Japanese. And those are just a few examples. People know where they came from.
But you will find a similar genealogy in the New Testament. Twice, in fact. The genealogy (earthly that is) of Jesus the Christ. One listing in chapter 1 of the Gospel of Matthew. The other is in chapter 3 of the Gospel of Luke. The latter tracing Jesus all the way back to Adam. I can't do that for my family. Can you?
I Chronicles 2
Our reading in the New Testament is verses 32-53 in chapter 7 of the Gospel of John.
Jesus is speaking, and definitely upsetting some people and the arrangements of the culture. Getting some opposition, and that opposition is growing.