Another out-of-the-house venture today with Dear Wife. We'd run by a grocery yesterday, but there were some things we needed (wanted) that they don't carry. And I needed to get gas. So we went to a different one, and it has not far from it a gas station that redeems the points on the "loyalty card" from the store we were at yesterday. Good deal! we saved $0.40/gallon and got quite a lot for a $20 bill. Made the journey worthwhile and we finished up our monthly logistics run. Next run will be around 20 June, so we have to plan carefully.
But, fool that I am, the activities diverted my attention. I had planned to call the dentist first thing this morning and simply forgot until a few minutes ago, to see about remedying the hole in my jaw where the capped tooth FELL OUT, leaving a hole. I'm not in pain or anything, but having a hole in your jaw is probably unwise. I'm not sure they even keep Friday office hours, and are probably booked up if they do and probably likewise for tomorrow and for Monday. Praying for no pain or infection, but we shall see.
Heard this morning from a cousin of mine. He and the family were pretty close when we were kids and even into our late teens, but had lost most contact until our return. His wife passed away a few months ago, less than a year after one of their sons had also died. Been a tough patch for him. One of his sister's husbands is in late-stage cancer as well, and there are other issues. Hoping to be able to spend some with the whole gang this summer.
He and I had both been the rebellious ones growing up. Both of us in church almost from birth, both of us mocking and rejecting the faith, both of us going down some rocky roads. Both of us coming to faith, and we have had a few discussions of when and how, still trying to figure the "why". The "Who" we know. It's the "what do we do now?" that puzzles us. He's a year or two younger than I. I think he's not yet retired, he's been working at an auto plant for a good while. His kids live out of the area (I know that feeling) and at least he has one of his brothers and two or three sisters still around, and their kids and THEIR kids. So he's not totally abandoned.
Wife and I took an alternate route coming home this morning. Went by miles of abandoned homes, empty weed-covered lots where houses were, boarded-up businesses, closed factories. Driving on roads that greatly resemble the impact areas of mortar ranges. And several closed schools and even more closed church buildings. Matter of fact, we've got one of the latter, a closed down church building, two blocks from us, in easy walking distance. Some of those closed-down school building, most in fact, were Catholic parochial schools. Those who would be expected to send their kids to them have fled the area, or abandoned the faith, or simply can't afford the tuition. One of those is right on the way as I drive from home to church. Lots of memories in those walls, as there are attached to all the things I've noted, and the whole situation is very sad. Yes, we should reserve worship for the Lord, but some of these memories and the sacrifices and efforts that they represent, are not something to lightly cast aside. We're poorer in many ways as a result.
I understand that two of the houses I lived in as a kid no longer stand. The school I attended in my first 3 grades has been boarded up and vacant for more than 25 years, and the one I attended after that hasn't been a school building for at least 25 years and probably more. MOST of my previous employers are gone, the buildings as well. Some have been sold off, a few several times over, and what we did there is long forgotten. And co-workers are out of the area or dead. Makes a person feel like a ghostly visitor.
My offering for a Song of the Day is this one, "My Name Is Lazarus". He had a testimony. So do most of us.
Our reading from the Old Testament today is chapters 11, 12, and 13 of 1st Chronicles. David is king now, and shaking things up.
Note that he makes a priority of bringing the Ark of the Covenant into the new capitol. Doesn't quite get it there, yet, but he did something that Saul had never bothered to try. David knew the source of his power, and Who provided it.
I Chronicles 12
I Chronicles 13
The passage in the New Testament is verses 1-23 in chapter 9 of the Gospel of Luke.
No, doing good will NOT always make people happy, except perhaps for those for whom it was done. Those determined to find fault and condemn will always find a way, find an excuse. As we see here. Jesus performed a miracle, and changed someone's life. And was roundly condemned for it.