Counting down the very few remaining days in Spring. Summer starts in a few days.
We'll be leaving here in a few hours to attend a memorial for yet another of Wife's friends who passed this last week. There have been far too many of these. Some sort of an after-the-memorial gathering at a nearby park afterwars. Dear Wife has a big tray of baked beans in the oven as our contribution to that cause. Interestingly enough, the beans used were part of that box of food that someone in the process of moving gave us this week. Think it is all coincidence? You can if you wish, I have my own take on it.
These deaths, these memorial settings, are forcing some people to take a hard look at things. Some respond by crawling a little further into the liquor bottles they've long called home. Others are looking in other places, and some are looking Above. Again, perhaps that gives us an opening.
Are you familiar with something the Gaithers did a few years ago, The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference ? It's true.
It's been quite a week otherwise. As noted, Thursday night, as we were heading to bed, we got a few calls. First a "heads up". Then a "can you get over here to watch the Little One" while we head to the hospital, just in case these contractions are for real". A few hours later, the "can you come to the hospital, and bring the Little One to meet her new little brother". A couple hours later, taking the Little One (the 4-1/2 year old, not the newborn) home to wind down and sleep. Wife caught a few hours. I, responding to some basic nature, remained On Guard. Around 11:00, nephew showed up. We woke the daughter, came home finally. Wife crashed in bed. I got a good 2 hours' sleep, but that was as far as I could go and the house was getting hot. Lay there for a while reading until Wife got up. We moved around some, did some around-the-house chores. Finally crashed about 10:00. Whereupon I died, until around 08:00. Just in time to start preps for the funeral stuff. Oh, and to put Niece's dog outside for a while to Do His Business. I put food and water out for him also.
This is not how we'd planned the week, but sometimes things intrude. Don't think the Deceased was planning this either. So the world is different in some unexpected ways.
Again, Take Thou My Hand O Father
The Old Testament passage is chapters 4, 5, and 6 of Nehemiah.
Nehemiah has been given a mission. Like any other, it comes with some hurdles, and some opposition. But assets as well. And he was determined to do the Lord's will, no matter what.
Some of that opposition came from external enemies, those nations and cultures who had had centuries of warfare against the greater nation of Israel, and against the divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Had to have been some old family stories handed down. And now that enemy was being reconstituted right on their borders.
Our reading in the New Testament is verses 14-47 in chapter 2 of the Acts of the Apostles. This is how the church was built.
Remember the verse, 2nd Corinthians 3:6, ".. the Law killeth, but the Spirit giveth life" ? It's true on its own, of course, but look at our passage. Three thousand souls added (verse 41). Now, in contrast, look back to the account in the Exodus when Moses brought down the tablets of the Law, and there was death to the rebellious. How many? Three thousand. (Exodus 32:28). Think it's a coincidence? I don't.