Well, it is Summer. Spring, my favorite time of the year, is now in the rear view mirror. Alas.
Yesterday was rough. No other way to put it. OK, there are a few other words that I was sorely tempted to use, several times, but resisted the temptation. Barely.
If any passers-by hadn't seen the "update" posting from yesterday, we started out with happiness and enthusiasm when advised that we could get Dear Wife into the dentist. Only to discover, while there, that the insurance company had been taking our money, but due to internal incompetence, had never fully activated our dental coverage. Not at all. So there we were, sitting in the dentist office, Wife with a HUGE black spot on one of her 5 remaining teeth, in awful pain, and no way to get it remedied. We simply don't have the wherewithal to pay it out of pocket, and dentists, like all of us, really like to get paid for the work that we do. They were kind and helpful, they were, among other things writing a prescription for the antibiotic to address the nasty infected abscess in the jaw that is pressing on the nerve and causing the pain. We got it filled (one of the $4 drugs at the Wally Mart pharmacy) and she'll be on it for the best part of a week. And the insurance company,which by and large has been pretty good, has promised to address the matter Real Soon Now and get everything squared away and even send new cards. So we shall see.
Bad is that, due to all the above, Wife had to skip her weekly Humira shot -- taking an imuuno-suppressant while fighting a major infection is not A Good Thing to be doing. So, naturally, that will allow all the autoimmune thingies, like the psoriasis, the several kinds (psoriatic, rheumatoid) of arthritis to whomp on her, and the ulcerative colitis to gain ground. Among other things.
The good thing is that the next 3-month supply of that Humira is heading this way, gratis courtesy of a very nice patient assistance program that they have established. We simply have no way to afford the $1400 per shot cost of a med to be administered weekly. It's far more than we have coming in, by several times. So that is good.
Fellow in the area who operates a ministry into eastern Africa has been asking for some help lugging boxes of books around his warehouse. With a bit of luck, I might be able to go over this morning for a little while. We shall see. I'd planned to go over last week, but Life intervened.
Otherwise, Niece next door, the whole family really, including the extended family, has been enjoying the New Arrival, Robert IV, born last week. Gonna be a chunk, that seems certain.
I wanted to list a "song of the day". I can't. It's been running through my head, all Monday night, all day yesterday, and into this morning. I didn't know the name of it, which is terribly embarrassing. Especially since I suspect that there is a very good reason that it is so much in mind. It's a choral or church congregational singing, the version that is literally running through my head this very moment, very moving and meaningful, and I just couldn't recall the title, nor all of the words even.
and then ............. I FOUND IT! Lift Your Glad Voices is the title.
there are several versions of this on YouTube, but this one displays the lyrics.
Here is another.
Listen to all the words, and then just whisper AMEN!!
This would fit for an Easter service. And for a funeral as well.
Our Old Testament reading today is another change of pace.
We take up the book of Esther. Esther lived in Persia during the captivity. Sometimes that is rendered as the Archaemenid Empire. The Jews give her the name of Hadassah, which was her birth name, and her life is thought to fall in the 520 B.C. to 450 B.C. period. She was the queen of King Ahaseraus, otherwise rendered as Xerxes. And is, or at least was, buried in Hamdan, Iran. There have been some rumors that the Moslem heathens have desecrated that tomb, I don't know certainly.
She is remembered as one who the Lord used to save the Jewish people from destruction during that time. And there is to this day a Jewish women's group that is often referred to as the Hadassah Ladies. Tomorrow's passage in it will nominate that song of the day, "For Such a Time As This".
Our New Testament reading is verses 1-16 in chapter 5 of the Acts of the Apostles.
Many of us know, and some of us have been, frankly, in that class of people who are involved in "church stuff" because it seems cool, or all our friends are doing it, or because you can make business contacts there, or for any of a number of other reasons. It's not a new thing, it goes back a very long way. The passage here relates one of such. Now, I'm not suggesting that anyone who shorts the offering plate will drop dead on the spot. But it dose remind us that what we do as ostensible members of the Body of Christ, matters. We do not do well to treat it lightly.