And now Tuesday has arrived.
Wife spent yesterday in misery. The clove oil that I'd gotten for her helps with the pain, but does nothing whatever for the infection nor any other issues, and certainly fixes nothing. A stop gap is all that it is, nothing more, and that is in conjunction with Tylenol (acetaminphen) and ibuprofen which she shouldn't be taking at all due to the damage it does to her stomach lining. But there is little alternative. We called the office of the dentist we had been using up until around 18 months ago, they promised to let us know when there was the first available opening. As of last evening, not so much as a single word. Perhaps we will hear something today. If not, we'll have to find a new dentist and in a hurry too.
I've been told that a person can pretty well learn to "ignore" just about any body pains, with two exceptions:
- cold feet
And yet ,,,,, in the fairly near future, our day's reading will have us in the book of Job. Job is one of those books that the "prosperity preachers" prefer to avoid. As we shall see, Job went through some pretty difficult situations. And yet, the Lord had not abandoned him, and Job had not given up his faith and trust. And Job made one of those pronouncements that to this day resonates. "I KNOW that my Redeemer liveth!". No matter how tough the circumstances, the Lord is in command and nothing escapes His notice. Even a toothache.
Which reminded me of that wonderful portion from Handel's "Messiah", a truly inspired work. The passage is, taken from Job, " I Know that My Redeemer Liveth". I love the orchestral presentation that many have brought us, such as this one.
Yet I also love the alternate version that Nicole Mullen brought us, as this one here.
Yes, He lives, He lives indeed.
The "song of the day" came to mind. It's "I'm In His Care". I was in a few small choral groups (meaning more than a quartet but not a full 70-voice choir) who sang this in several states. It means something to me. I like the reference to Daniel, for example. A man who loved the Lord but who was in the Captivity. Yet, rather highly placed despite that. And, perhaps due to that confluence, resented by the in-crowd. So he had opposition, was faithful no matter what, with a "but if not" attitude (note the title of this blog). The Lord was glorified thereby, and we remember Daniel. No matter what the circumstances or how rough and dark the road, the Lord knows and He cares. That's worth a lot.
Our reading in the Old Testament is chapters 12 and 13 of Nehemiah.
Again, we see how quickly the fervor for the Lord can slip away. The term "backsliding", once often mentioned in sermons in American churches among others, is rarely heard these days. But evident. As it was then. Nothing good comes from that.
And, again, there are elements to this passage that will give the "no judgment! " types hives. For, as we see here, the Lord DOES practice what amounts to discrimination. And demands it too. No, the Christian church as a whole is not under precisely the same commands as were the Jews of Israel. And, yes, I have seen abominable discrimination committed throughout the land and certainly in the church as well. Though not always the forms that most would immediately think of.
But, clearly, there were beliefs, practices, and cultural norms that the Lord condemned strongly. And, I believe, still does. Making common cause with idol worshipers, or the followers of false gods comes into that category. Including those supposed christians (note the small "c" here) who inform us that 'allah' is the same as the Lord and we should be cozy with the Moslems. Nonsense! And, nothing good comes of that, not one good thing. Ever. Take the lesson.
The New Testament reading is verses 23-37 of chapter 4 of the Acts of the Apostles.