Happy Friday to all.
That used to mean something. At one time, back in the 1980's, I worked in a division of General Motors, a role in the Process Engineering department. We were required to wear a tie every day. Required. Eventually, the adopted a "casual Friday" rule, which meant that we were allowed to wear polo shirts, no ties. No jeans, of course, but more casual clothes. So "happy Friday" had some meaning. Not that we never worked Saturdays of course, I frequently did, particularly when I had a major project running and had people working on installation stuff, etc. on Saturday. But I also got paid for it. Made it worthwhile. And on Saturday, I could wear jeans, and normally did.
Wife is in some pain this morning, foot and leg all swollen, visible bruising for no apparent reason. So she's in recliner, with footrest up and pillows on top of that,. and a cat on her lap for comfort. He seems to sense that she is hurting. I just put some topical stuff on with aspercreme and lidocaine, it seems to help with the pain.
I was scheduled to go over across the state line on Sunday afternoon to a family reunion, my mother's mother's family. I was at one two years ago, the first such in some 40 years. But given wife's condition and the car problems we continue to experience, I'm sending word over that I won't be able to attend. Doubt that I'll be missed. Lot of that going around.
Our Old Testament reading today is Psalms 73 and 74. These are attributed to Asaph, one of the worship leaders assigned by David.
Ever feel like you understand Psalm 74? Ever feel that even the Lord Himself has thrown you to the curb? Ever feel abandoned, unloved, unlamented, unworthy, worthless, hopeless? You aren't the first, you won't be the last. Yet there is hope, no matter how dark the day, how hopeless the situation. His name is Jesus. Asaph didn't know that. We don't have that excuse.
The New Testament reading is chapter 5 in the Epistle to the Romans.
Justification, salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, is the radical message of our faith. This chapter deserves a careful verse-by-verse examination every day.