About 10 days ago, we actually had freezing rain and some reports of SNOW flakes! Woke Monday to 38° here. The prediction is that we shall see 88° today! Some change. Of course, that will be followed by a cooling trend, and a "high" of 67° on Friday. Roller-coaster, much??
I'm a bit hors de combat today. (Sounds better than limping). A couple weeks, I was trying to help someone clear some junk out of a field behind his dad's place, a place being sold. Out in the mud and guck, I did something to damage my ankle/foot. Dunno what. Wife thinks it's in large part due to the worn-out broken-down shoes I've been wearing and has ordered a newer pair for me on some internet cheap-stuff site. But right now every step is painful, very. So I'm taking it easy today. Couldn't yesterday, just couldn't: had stuff that HAD to be done so I swallowed a bunch of WallyMart aspirins and toughed it. She and niece are heading to nearby flea market, hoping to snag some locally-produced honey (the stuff in stores often comes from horrid places like China, and reports are that much of it is seriously adulterated with nasty stuff. Buy local. So they're off on their expedition. Cats are sleeping on the bed and I'm going to be in a corner with a couple books from the local library where we were yesterday. Coffee and books and quiet. Sounds good to me!
All the political wrangling continues, interspersed with rumors of wars. All of it out of my control and my opinion clearly counts for nothing. I don't think this situation is stable or tenable, and that there is a strong chance that things worldwide can get very bad, very fast, and remain so for a very long time unless and until the Lord intervenes. Which is on His time, not mine.
I do know that quite of few of our institutions, academia and the media, to name two, as well has at least one of the major political parties, have been shown as poseurs at best, and it goes quickly down hill from there. The term "TWANLOC" appears to fit: "Those Who Are No Longer Our Countryment"., with a nod to Samuel Adams in his famous speech,
I saw a photo last evening, taken (I believe) at one of the snooty colleges on one of the coasts. A fellow holding a sign favoring free speech and liberty. A (potential) female immediately next to him, holding a sign accusing him of being a fascist or Nazi or something else to make it clear that she (it?) is opposed to free speech, equating it with fascism. Interesting, that. Bondage is liberty, is that it? Orwell would recognize it. Oh, and in that rarefied atmosphere, one dare not "assume her gender". The "inconvenient truth" of the DNA is deemed unimportant, nor is the genital structure. It's how we get 45-year-old woman "identifying" as cats, and heaven help anyone who has a separate take on the matter.
My "song of the day" for today is Like A River Glorious (Stayed Upon Jehovah). It just captures where my head is at this morning, and most of last evening and the night. (Yes, I get "odd" dreams sometimes. If that is the worst that could be said of me, well .........). Sing along with it. I do.
And another that is a great comfort. Near To The Heart of God. Isn't that where, in our innermost being, we long to be?
The Old Testament reading today is chapters 18 and 19 of 2nd Kings.
This centers on the reign of King Hezekiah. Enjoy it. Hezekiah was one of the last good kings, and the end is fast approaching. His reign is thought to have taken place in the period of 715-686 B.C., though he may have held a "co-regency" before that time His name is thought to mean "Strengthened by Yahweh". Not a bad thing to be known as. He ruled during a period in which king Sargon of Assyria conquered the northern kingdom of Israel. References to him can be found in chapters 36-39 in the book of Isaiah, and he is mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus the Christ in the Gospel of Matthew
An impressive figure, certainly. But, perhaps, sadly, another case of too little, too late.
II Kings 19
Our reading in the New Testament today is verses 22-44 of chapter 6 in the Gospel of John.
As we read this (and others, all in fact) bear in mind that Jesus was not only speaking to the people there, but He was also speaking to us. And still does: these words are timeless. I particularly like verses 29, 35, 39, and 40. But they're in context with those around them.
Verse 44 gets us into some long-standing wrangles that get into the matters of "election" and what some term the "hyper-Calvinistic double predestinators". Not going to comment on that now, haven't really resolved it in my own mind.