Another quiet day here.
This week has been the week of the county fair in our county. Wife had looked forward to it for the last year, and we'd semi-planned to attend, briefly at least, either today or tomorrow. But upon arising, she decided that she's really not up to it. And I agreed.
The fair means a lot to her. As a kid she would have entries in the 4-H exhibits and contests. Her father, at least when sober, was heavily involved in the Fair Board, and she has good memories of those days. Some of the few good memories she does have, actually. And friends and family from Those Days would be at the Fair now with, generally, their grand-children or on some occasion, great-grands. Some of them she's seen little of in the last 35 years or more. So it hurts.
Today is also the day that a Big Event starts up right across the Ohio-PA state line, which is (for me) in walking distance from home. (The line, not the event). That would have been the fall-back option, but she's not up to that much walking. So that's a no-go as well.
She did feel well enough to go with me to the grocery in the near-by town, got some sweet corn and salad stuff, some milk, stuff like that. No non-essentials, but that's OK. We're eating regularly and there have been times in both our lives, mostly before we met, where that didn't always happen. God is good and we are grateful for what we have. We know quite well what having nothing is like.
We came home and ate the sweet corn, she retired to the recliner with feet propped up above the footrest. I did dishes (by hand, natch) and sat down here.
And it's also a day for reflection. Today marks the anniversary of the death of one of my uncles. Homer passed while I was still in high school, joining his father (who I never met) and a brother (who I also never met) on the Other Side. Homer never married, he took care of grandmother after grand-dad died, and the farm and the two kids his departed brother had left after his untimely death, and such things. After my cousins were grown and gone and grandma had passed, he retired and spent several years in foreign missions work, primarily using his carpentry skills to build churches and clinics in places like Uruguay. Not a bad finish, actually. But he's been gone for nearly 50 years now, and other than our memories and a neglected headstone in the cemetery behind the church house, there's little on this earth to mark his time here and the life he touched. Mine being among them.
May I have done as well.
The song of the day is a repeat but worthy regardless. "Lift Your Glad Voices".
Sad were the life we may part with tomorrow
If tears were our birthright
And death were our end
But Jesus has cheered the
Dark valley of sorrow
And made us immortal to Heaven ascend
We have the hope. This would be good in a funeral service.
The Old Testament reading is Psalms 17 and 18.
We forget it often, but many of these Psalms are in fact poetry. In Hebrew, certainly, not in English. And I am told that in Hebrew poetry, at least of that era, the rhyme was at the start of a phrase, not the end as is in the case of most English language poetry.
There are, I am told, denominations that forbid the use of any hymns other than the Psalms.
Also, there is a strong candidate for "song of the day", take, right from Psalm 18. " I Will Call Upon The Lord".
The New Testament reading is verses 1-20 from chapter 19 in the Acts of the Apostles.
I hesitate to make any comment whatsoever on this. This deals with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is and has been a contentious issue within much of Christendom for a long while, certainly during my lifetime. I have friends and family is some very staid denominations, like Amish, Mennonites of the various shades, Roman and Orthodox Catholics, and even a few LCMS Lutherans. Passages such as this bring out contention of the dangers of what they, disparagingly, refer to as pentecostalism. I have other friends who are heavily involved in what I will call Pentecostals. Like the various Church of God, Church of Christ, parts of the Nazarene Church, and numerous others.
I understand at least some of the arguments and issues raised. I have heard the claims for some to be titles as "prophet" or "prophetess" in today's world. Color me skeptical. I've heard the "I know the Bible says thus and so, but we've had new revelation!". Color me rejecting that. But I'm also skeptical of the "God would never do" this or that. God invented light, I think we err in presuming to tell Him what He can't do.
Verse 20 is the important one.