I am sure that anyone who might venture past here is already aware of the terror bombing that was perpetrated in Manchester, England last night. I'm hearing of 22 fatalities, and many more wounded. Some of those wounded may die. Others may be maimed and crippled for life. All are affected, as are their friends, families, neighbors, and the other event-goers who escaped damage. All are affected. That was part of the intention. It seems that the perpetrator was known, a Moslem heathen transplanted from Libya in the not-too-distant past. Great way to express thanks.
And, of course, the usual voices are raised to condemn that invisible danger of "Islamophobia". I doubt that there is such a thing, though there certainly is such a thing as "Islamodisgustia", also known as "a correct and unsparing analysis of the situation and the causes thereof".
This will only get worse.
We had a bit of a trip outside the house this morning. Wife's Disability check hit the bank, so we ventured forth to replenish the pantry a bit. Hit one of the regional food chain stores, armed with coupons and loyalty cards, and a list / plan. Got some very good deals, the register slip showed that we'd "saved" about a third of what the original price would have been! Came home and ate and she collapsed as I did the dishes (by hand, of course). She very rarely leaves the house except to go next door and sometimes is barely up to that. But she managed today, which is good: the store had some great meat deals, so she picked out a few that we'll plan to use as the heart of some soups that will sustain us for the next 31 days or so. She's a MUCH better shopper than I will ever be.
But a problem has developed. About 2 years ago, the dentist put a crown on one of my teeth. Fine by me. Today, the whole thing fell out! Not "just" the cap, but there's a hole in my upper jaw and the fallen tooth had some sort of anchor that protruded into the hole, that projection or whatever it is, is still in the tooth remnant. I've kept the remnant, and I guess we'll call the dentist in the morning. I'm about 18 months overdue for an office visit, but when our insurance / Medigap changed 20 months ago, we were somewhat left in the lurch. Wife checked some things on our new policy, and I MAY be able to get seen ok, but repairs may be another matter. So I'll call in the morning (office is closed by now) and see what gives. There's no pain or anything, but there's always a risk of serious infections getting a head start, not A Good Thing.
As far as "song of the day", I am absolutely stuck on "In Times Like These". Like it more all the time in fact.
Our reading in the Old Testament is chapters 8, 9, and 10 of 1st Chronicles.
Chapters 8 and 9 continue along the lines of what has been the case the last few days: genealogies and records of who lived where and such.
Chapter 10 changes the focus a bit. This is the account of the death of King Saul and all of his sons and potential successors, and notes at the end that the kingship was given to David.
I Chronicles 9
I Chronicles 10
The reading in the New Testament is verses 37-59 of chapter 8 in the Gospel of John.
Jesus is hitting the religious authorities where it hurts. They didn't like it.
But verse 39 hits me too. As He said, "if you were Abraham's children, ye would do the work of Abraham". Well and good. But we call ourselves the children of God. Are we (I) doing the work of God?