Day after a holiday is always a weird one, particularly when it is dead center in the normal work week. Based on far too many years' experience, I doubt that the rest of the week will be one of the more productive ones in quite a few workplaces, including several that I could name. Several. Back in my days at various levels of manufacturing engineering and quality engineering, particularly in the automotive sector, this entire week, and often either the one before or the one after, or sometimes (depending on requirements and schedules), all three. we often "down" for the whole operation. Except, of course, for me and my people. In automotive, this is frequently the time when the major changes needed to effect the "Model Change" work was done. Not all of it, because there was generally a few weeks yet in the Old Model vehicles and components, but absolutely as much as could be accomplished. For those unfamiliar, production on the New Models generally (in my time anyway) would occur around the 2nd or 3rd week of August, or thereabouts. I doubt that it's changed much in the last 3 years or so.
We got to sleep late (for us) last night. We have some Moslem neighbors on this street, the house is a big-time gathering place, and they've had quite a crowd, with just about all the males of any age bearing the name of Muhammad. True. And it's been Fireworks Central since last Saturday. Not just little sparklers and such, but some BIG and VERY LOUD ones. Monday night, they really didn't even get started until around midnight, Sunday night was a bit earlier and Saturday night a bit before that. Last night, they were going and going and going until well past midnight. I had occasion yesterday to drive (ride, actually: still having major car trouble) past the big local fireworks distributor. They had a "buy one, get two free" sale going, and the place was packed. I can remember when even those little sparklers were banned statewide, and mere possession could get you arrested or at least cited into court. Now, it's like being on a mortar range. "Common courtesy" seems to have fallen by the wayside at the same time.
Wife is next door. With niece. And my sister-in-law. They've decided to have a reprise of the "yard sale" that they'd attempted a few weeks ago which led to nasty family squabble. So they were "setting up" yesterday and today, with the Big Event starting tomorrow morning. All kinds of toys, shoes, clothing from Newborn to "mature" and everything in between, glassware and china, tools, car parts, etc. etc. I was "volunteered into service to fetch & carry duty. They're having female-type conversations on the back porch now, and males are not welcome, so I escaped.
Meaning that I'm home, and washing dishes and doing laundry. Just put the third load in the washer. Must be some of that "toxic masculinity", "male privilege", or "overarching patriarchy" that the feminazi's regularly inveigh against. Or something like that.
I see on the news that a body has been found in a local motel, the body evidently in an advanced state of decomposition, such that the investigators had to wear oxygen masks because of the stench. I have found a body in such a state, and during this time of the year. The odor is something I don't wish to describe, and wish that I could have forgotten. I believe that it was only about two weeks ago, perhaps less, that another body (or two) was found in the same low-end motel. That previous case was attributed to overdose of heavy drugs.
I see on the same news site, a report that a woman overdosed at a local "4th of July" festival not terribly far from here. She is in the hospital now, having been revived through use of Narcan, but these are just two cases from the last few days. There are more, and will be more.
When I sometimes refer to the bad behaviors that a loss of hope and no knowledge of the Lord can bring, I have some strong reasons for saying that. I've seen it, at closer range than I like, and have seen the dead eyes on those still walking around. Yes, we need revival in our land, and soon too. All of those who have passed like this, and those on the verge of it, have family, friends (probably) and a past. Their descent into the grave will affect many others, and for those struggling with hopelessness already, will only add to that.
Our reading in the Old Testament today is chapters 31 and 32 of Job.
Not to anger the "King James only" crowd, but I want to post this from the Holman Standard Bible version. I think it's actually better, and certainly is accurate. And, yes, your mileage may vary.
(Elihu's Angry Response)
Our New Testament reading is verses 1-23 in chapter 13 of the Acts of the Apostles.
(yes, this is from the KJV)