May! Conjures up lovely images of warm sunny days, flowers, singing birds.
Well, as I sit at a keyboard, it's around 44° here. Chilly! Might get all the way up to 58°. But Saturday's "high" is predicted to only be 48°, with a low of 37°!! In MAY!! No, I do not like this, not one little bit. And a murrain be upon all the "global warming" louts and liars and fools.
Yesterday was another of those long days, with travel and LOONG visit in doctor office. Wife had an appointment with a gastroenterologist. LONG visit. We're going back in two weeks for some truly invasive exams. NOT looking forward to it. At all. Upper GI scope on one visit, a colonoscopy on another day. NOT a good time by anyone's measure.
Wife's calling around trying to find a nearby location that she can go to and get some MORE "labs" done before her upper GI next week. One that is covered by our Medicare Advantage insurance coverage. There are several locations only a few miles away, but all are "out of network" or the like, and we can't go there. This is known as "progress", made much much MUCH worse by the abomination of Obamacare.
We saw on social media that our son-in-law's older brother got married over the weekend. First that we had known of it. Nice photos. Got to see pictures, including one that features our daughter and her husband. Very nice. But puts salt in the wound of our estrangement from her and our other daughter. With Mother's Day coming up, it's yet another source of pain for us and for Dear Wife in particular. But at least we know that they were still alive on Saturday, and were able to make the flight from San Francisco to Atlanta.
Several nominees for "song of the day", and an entire genre.
I'm Pressing On the upward way is ALWAYS somewhere in my mind.
But so is a non-hymn spiritual. "Just A Closer Walk". Not a bad thing to seek, is it? (and, yes, my musical preferences run from high classical through High Church (like the Messiah) right through C&W, Southern Gospel, and Bluegrass gospel too).
Many of our hymns go back to Biblical texts, some straight from the Psalms. Others come out of life experience, some quite tragic (look up the back story of "It is Well With My Soul"). Some out of our very human, very real, cries of the heart, longing for the Lord. Sometimes our songs are about the Lord, sometimes they are directed TO Him. Nothing wrong with either one. "Just A Closer Walk" is one of those that seems to do both. And it resonates, with me at least, and others too I think.
So I was listening to a whole raft of Bluegrass/Country gospel here, and came across one I hadn't heard before. "I Talk to Jesus Every Day".
The Old Testament reading is chapters 6 and 7 of 1st Kings.
Solomon was quite a builder, to be sure. And the record is very detailed. Some truly impressive and ornate structures and furnishings being described here. Very impressive. And all of it is gone now, none remains, really, except the ground itself. Happens when we build monuments. Notice that word "IF" in verse 12. "IF".
I Kings 7
The assignment in the New Testament is verses 27-38 in chapter 23 of the Gospel of Luke.
This is hard reading. This is the Crucifixion.