Happy Monday to all.
It was pretty noisy around here last night. "Private enterprise" fireworks, many quite loud, going off all around us. Likely to be the same this evening, and probably tomorrow night for sure. After that, some people will hit the fireworks stands seeking remaining stock closeout bargains, and we'll probably have some occasional stuff going off for a week or two, probably lubricated with various sorts of beverage alcohol. Typical. And, as ever, there will be injuries, some quite serious, as a result. The drinking will, probably, result in some arrests, some traffic accidents with consequential injuries, some quite serious. And, almost certainly, some bad behaviors that will lead to divorce court, drunken brawls that will demand a police presence, and all the rest.
This is known as "having a good time".
Wife and Niece-next-door are apparently planning a "yard sale" this coming weekend. The one that they were involved in a few weeks ago at Sister-in-law's place turned into a family squabble (no punches thrown but it wouldn't have surprised me). That same sister-in-law is promising to come by tomorrow some time with a canopy, something like an open-sided tent, that they can use to provide a space for the goods. No doubt I will be dragooned into rendering some sort of assistance on the matter. Whee! Anyway, that will provide some sort of activity for them over the next few days. The new great-nephew is about two weeks' old now. Niece has not revealed when she is planning to return to the world of work, but I figure that it will be another few months. At which point, Dear Wife will be pressed into the childcare role as a Great Aunt. Should be "fun" I guess. When the Great-Niece was born, we were still living nearly a thousand miles away, and didn't arrive until the urchin was about 10 months old. So now Wife/ Great Aunt has been able to be part of the matter from the night he was born. Great Stuff! I guess. So wisdom dictates that I sew the mouth shut. And there are some benefits for us as well. Wife has some stuff, clothes that she outgrew and such, that she figures to turn into money. And when we went through our series of downsizings, we found ourselves with a bunch of stuff we have no use for, nor good place to keep. We went from a respectable-but-not-fancy house in western Arkansas, to a 3-bedroom 2-bath mobile home in east Tennessee and then central Alababama, to a 25-year-old mobile home in less-than-great condition, of 2-bedroom 2-bath (but only one of each usable) in this area. The excess "stuff" is stored in the unused bedroom, and some of that "stuff" needs to go. A headboard and frame for an unused bed. A cabinet with drawers, suitable for placement along a window wall. LOTS of computer stuff of various generations. The space bags that hold the out-of-season clothes and coats. And much much else. We'd like to have the money to fix up the back bathroom so that we have a tub usable as such, or at least a shower stall with enough structural integrity that we're not fearful of falling through. And a few other items. So perhaps we can reduce the footprint of all this stuff. Stuff that was useful, indeed very necessary, at one point in our lives, but is no longer. So it's not all bad.
In the meantime, tomorrow is July 4th, celebrated in the United States as Independence Day. We've been hearing the home use fireworks for days, and tomorrow, especially the evening, should be the high point --- though not the end -- of these activities. We hope no one is killed or injured, and there are no bad fires. All of these bad things are "normal", here and around the country, as some of us have had reason to know.
The "song of the day" is a repeat. I had it in mind during the night and all day. A good one, a long time favorite of many, myself included.
"Rock of Ages". Indeed. Hang on to the Rock, its name is Jesus.
The Old Testament passage for the day is chapters 26, 27, and 28 of Job.
Sometimes, we like to think we understand the mind of the Lord. To the extent that we imagine that we know the limits of what He will (and can) do. NOT a good idea.
Our New Testament reading is chapter 11 of the Acts of the Apostles.
The outreach to the Gentiles starts out pretty controversial. But picks up steam, to be sure. I'm grateful for that.