Sorry to see that we will, Lord willing, have left the month of May behind in just a few hours. May is, after all, my favorite month of the entire year. Everything from this point until 11 more months have passed, is simply not as good. I don't mind June and July, they're months with short names. But beginning in about three weeks, the days will become progressively shorter and the nights longer. In 3-1/2 months, we'll be anticipating colder weather as we transition towards winter. Some people love Autumn. Others really like Winter. I loathe both. This area in which we now live always looks to me like black and white photos of post-war Germany, in either of the two world wars, year around. And the prevailing moods correspond to that.
I had to return some books to the library earlier. Drove past three businesses that have shut down in the last few months, both of them industrial-type operations, not retail shops or restaurants. Some people out of work, of course. Been there, done that, to be sure. More broken dreams, of course.
Saw the reports of a massive bomb blast in Afghanistan, conveniently right next to the area where foreign embassies are located. More of the "religion of peace" at work, part of the "celebration" of Ramadan. Yet, in all too many places, one can be up on CRIMINAL charges for merely mentioning that fact. And strong efforts in many places even in the US, to do likewise in the service of "tolerance".
There are some writers and thinkers around whose work I respect and admire. Deana Chadwell is one of them. I invite your attention to her latest effort, published earlier today, entitled "Cliff Hanging and Earthquakes". Worth your attention, as is her other work.
The Old Testament reading is chapters 1, 2, and 3 of 2nd Chronicles. Solomon is in charge now, has interaction with the Lord, is granted wisdom, and begins the construction of the Temple.
This is a period that is pretty much the high point of the kingdom, and we'll see more detail over the next few days. After that, a downhill rush. Solomon built a great temple, using materials his father David had amassed for that purpose. And he built a great palace. As we'll see, he was more than a bit lacking in building great sons to succeed him. Not the first, not the last either.
II Chronicles 2
II Chronicles 3
Our New Testament reading is from chapter 12 of the Gospel of John, verses 1-19. Jesus is returning to Jerusalem, and the people are waving palm branches and shouting for joy. The leaders are plotting to kill Him. I guess that "no good deed goes unpunished" is an observation borne out of LOONG observation.