Bit of a difference between yesterday and today, which is all to the good.
Oh, and tomorrow is the scheduled appointment for Wife and the dentist office to, we hope, deal finally and completely with that bad tooth.
And some of the things that I'd intended for yesterday are now in the works. Taking a break now from sanding and repainting some metal chairs intended for outdoor use. Sister-in-law saw a notice for them on some "buy-sell" site under the "FREE!" logo, so she grabbed them and they brought them over. "Somewhat the worse for wear" certainly, but we have some Rustoleum-type spray paint and had picked up some sandpaper and steel wool, so I've been busy. Two of the four chairs are done & drying now. Two more to go. Then the glass-topped table, which could accomodate two more chairs. As Wife said, if we get a year out of it, we're ahead of the game. Hoping for more, of course. She has hopes of some sort of "family barbecue/cookout" here, one of those sorts of things that our long absence from the area had prevented. She (and I) may not have many years left, of course, so have these events while we can, and perhaps leave some good memories in the hearts of the next few generations, among other things.
And, as we used to say, being busy with such things keeps me off the streets and out of the poolrooms. Something like that, anyway.
But there are some other things around that I had not missed, and speak volumes of the culture in the area. Divers are out right this minute at a local lake looking for clues after the body of a murdered man was found in that lake. The deceased was not from the immediate area, but from about halfway across the state. That particular lake is about halfway between that city (Akron) and this area, and was for MANY years a "dumping ground" for persons murdered by the Mob, yes the real live Mafia, from that city. Wife and I, for several reasons, have some knowledge of such things in this part of the country, and so we're not surprised, really. What's discouraging and part of the reason I didn't mind our absence, is the casual acceptance of such things, including the occasional active assistance rendered by local politicians and "law enforcement", by the people around here. I don't accept that and never ever will. But saying anything will either get a shrug, or, as actually happened in a church here about 3 years ago, angry shouts and strident denial of the most obvious corruption.
The reading from the Old Testament is chapters 13, 14, and 15 of the book of Job.
Some very memorable verses here.
like 13:15: "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:" Now THAT is trust!
The reading in the New Testament is verses 25-40 in chapter 8 of the Acts of the Apostles.
This is a snapshot of the spread of the Gospel, including into some pretty unlikely places.
I like something that Matthew Henry commented on the passage:
As another commentator noted, Azotus is another rendering for the city named Ashdod, one of those "bad" places that was dedicated to the worship of Dagon. See comment here, scrolling down to verse 40.
By the way, the eunuch that Philip spoke the Gospel to? Remember that under the Mosaic Law, such were to be refused entry to the things of the Lord. New rules applying now.