Yesterday had some moments. [By the way, I have revised yesterday's posting to take out some semi-salacious stuff. There is no halo floating over my head either. Some of what I have to notice Ain't Right, but doesn't need to be advertised. My bad.]
The day began, as it too often does, as it did this morning, with a small black "rescue" cat,running back and forth over me at around 06:00, wanting to be fed. NOT my every dream come true, believe me. So I shut her out of the bedroom, with the notion of a few more minutes of shut-eye. Not to be. The matter had woken Wife, who decided that consciousness had returned, and headed into the shower. Meaning, of course, that I was more-or-less animated too, by order. So I got going. Place still way out of kilter, we had to let the new flooring dry, so we had a washing machine in the already narrow area between the refrigerator, stove, and our little "dining" table. Wife used all the hot water, so I was smelly until I could get things clear for my own venture. (As she did today also, so I am waiting for water heater to work).
We drummed up something to eat, I did the last night's dishes, sat down to read the news.
Then another Call. From the Doctor's office. We were scheduled to attend some sort of a confab there this morning, the office a good 30 minutes or more from here. Well, the confab is cancelled. OK. Cancelled because the doctor has left that practice as of last Friday afternoon. NOT what we wanted to hear: he's been the best Primary Care physician we've ever had, by a fair margin too, and with Wife's "complex conditions", that's very important. But it is what it is. So then a rather tense period of numerous phone calls, interactions with poorly-done "computerized" phone answering systems, humans both friendly and helpful, and those not so described. We think we've found one, at least to start, and have an appointment, two actually (for both of us), set for about 3 weeks from now. We hope this will work out OK. These medical things stress out everyone.
And then ,,,,,,,,,,,,
God is SO good!!
Ok, that's true all the time, regardless of the circumstances or our (my) attitude or any of that. He just is, it's His nature. The phrase, "God is love" is true without reservation.
But sometimes the circumstances aren't.
And then ....
We're in a tight spot now. Not terrible, what we went through the Winter-early Spring of 2014 was much worse. As were several others. But tight. We're eating and we'll make it through, but without much to spare.
And then ...
We're geeks, both of us, have long been. (Wife was about the very first female I.T. student at Carnegie-Mellon, back in the Dark Ages). We have some stories. So she was on a site in social media for local flea markets, etc. Came across one notice from just across the state line. Someone moving, and had a box of food, free. Wife contacted her. Food available. We headed over. BIG box of canned stuff. Beans, etc. Stuff we use. Other stuff we could give away (and have). And then the lady asked if we could take some frozen stuff too: they were moving LAST NIGHT, and HAD to clear the place out. Making a 1100-mile relocation, so frozen food is not an option to transport. Naturally, we said OK! She hauled out about 8 WalMart bags stuffed with all kinds of stuff. Half a dozen frozen pizzas. Pierogies (a dumpling highly valued among East European cultures). Several pounds of 90% lean ground beef. And lots more. We took it all.
We have no place to store most of it, the frozen stuff I mean, and most of the "prepared food" has MSG in it, which renders Wife violently ill. But Niece can use it, and has a chest freezer to hold the overflow. So we filled her pantry and freezer. We sent some over to sister-in-law as well. Some other items are going elsewhere to some people who need them.
So, we were blessed, very definitely. And were able to be a blessing to some others, which is always wonderful. Niece is not working any more, she looks like that baby is about to "pop" out any second now, so their income will be way down for several months, so every little bit helps.
God is SO good!!
>> If I may be so bold, please check out this column at Desiring God today, entitled "God Chose This Trial For Me". Probably not a theme the "prosperity 'gospel' " types will like, but so what. Check it out, please.
Today's suggested "song of the day" came to me yesterday as I was reading an article out of a newspaper in Lancaster, PA. As some know, much of my VERY extended family is Anabaptist, meaning a range from Old Order Amish through all the gradations into the various conferences of the Mennonite and Brethren churches, some excessively "liberal" by my standards. My parents grew up speaking "Pennsylvania Dutch" at home, though wouldn't teach it to us. And I've been in some truly unusual churches and meeting houses, trust me. But have also been privileged to be part of various music ministries in several parts of the country, with a variety from Bluegrass to High Church, contemporary Christian, some various sorts of Southern Gospel and Gospel, etc. But I also have fond memories of the simple congregational singing in various languages. Ever hear hymns in Vietnamese? Or Tagalog, courtesy of persons of Philippine origin? Ukrainian? Russian? Greek? Or others? I have. And, yes, I have heard the chants and singing of the various grades of Ashkenazi Jews as well. Oddly enough, none of the Messianic Jewish community.
So the article mentioned dealt with the various music traditions, a good article, found here. Worth listening. The music linked is on SoundCloud and it's pretty neat. The article is here.
I went looking for some equivalents on YouTube. Found this one. Kind of "high church" being Lutheran and all and with an organ as well. But the Lutherans, though I think their theology shaky at best, share the Germanic ethnic heritage of my Amish/Mennonite/Brethren Anabaptist relatives, and this one is nice. Check it out. The words are important, very.
A less "high church" one is here, I favor it frankly.
Our reading from the Old Testament today is chapters 3, 4, and 5 of Ezra.
The people have returned from their captivity, and are rebuilding the Temple and reinstituting the worship. Number one priority, which is proper.
And then, as it always does, opposition comes.
The New Testament reading for the day is chapter 20 of the Gospel of John.
Yesterday was the Crucifixion.
But today is another day. The tomb is empty! Jesus is alive! Alive forevermore.