Well, we are now in the second half of the month of July. August is only a few weeks away, and September, the first of the hated months ending in "-ber", rhyming with BRRRR! follows thereafter. Color me somewhat less joyful than I should be at that thought. But it's not an issue settled by a vote. We shall see what the future holds for us all.
Wife is back in bed. Shortly before I got home from church, she had stuck her head outside,and got stung by "something". We don't know what. Evidently not a wasp or a bee, or we'd have been using the Epi-pen, she is extremely reactive to their stings to the point of stopped breathing, so the Epi-pen and a fast trip to the ER would have been in order. Probably a sweat bee or the like. Made her hand, the area stung, all numb and such. She had me give her two of the off-brand Benadryl that we keep around here. That would have knocked most people out, but not her. Several hours later, she chose to go take a nap, and is busy at that right now.
I'm spending a little while disconnecting some things. When we moved here, we wanted Internet access, as good as a deal combining cost and speed as we could get or at least afford. And a phone line: where we'd lived before, the flood of promises from AT&T of improved tower placement and signal strength were assiduously dishonored. We had to be 1/4 mile or more from home for the cell phones to work at all. So we HAD to have a "land line", and we presumed the same would be needed here. Time-Warner made a number of promises, broke almost all of them, gave lousy service and skyrocketing prices. We really didn't want the TV package, we're not TV people, really, but they told us it was only with a TV+ internet package that we could get the internet speed we wanted. And the phone was part of that. Service has been wretched, promises made unkept, and we're tired of talking to service reps for whom English is a second or third language. The merger that created Spectrum has dropped that package requirement. So, effective yesterday, we have no cable TV (rarely watched anyway) and no "land line" phones either. Inasmuch as that same "organization" has been the ones at fault for numerous cases of 911 lines down to numerous police and fire departments in the area, it's a small loss. So I've got loose cables and cable boxes, etc., stacked around and will haul the lot to their office tomorrow. And good riddance to them. Heartily UN-recommended.
Niece and great-niece and sister-in-law are still at the county fair, the last day of it. Sister-in-law and husband are members of an antique tractor club that displays there, and it's a Big Deal to them, although the club will have some sort of show at their club grounds in a month or so, I guess.
I really didn''t want to check the news. Seems more and more like being on the ground during the times of King Ahab or another of the Old Testament kings just before the nation fell to the Assyrians. There are those who think that could never happen. I wish that I could agree, but it seems more possible every day. After that, well, it 's in the Lord's hands. We've told him to get lost, so perhaps he will remove His hand of protection. Would be only fair.
Our reading in the Old Testament today is Psalms 19, 20, and 21
Psalm 19 is a personal favorite of mine. Yes, indeed. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
David, especially in his younger years, spent a lot of time outside, and more than a few nights out there with the sheep. No "light pollution" to distract from the night sky. And some spectacular sights in the day. He saw most of the world as the Lord had created it, before humans built cities and towns.
Our reading from the New Testament continues in the 19th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, with verses 21-41
There are those who would counsel that the Gospel message be "massaged" in order to be acceptable to the World, and not "upset people", or, to use the current in-term, be "triggering". WRONG!!
The Gospel message, then and now, is inherently upsetting to many, it goes against all they believe and are comfortable with. Preaching it will, and always has, drawn opposition and anger. Always will, until the Lord returns.