Good day to all.
Wife had a semi-rough night last night. Not the worst we've had, but not that great either. There is a picnic going on right now at the church we've been attending, and she had wanted to go, but just isn't up to it, so I stayed home to be with her.
If she's not doing a bit better by Monday morning, we'll make some calls to see if our new Primary Care doctor can fit her into the schedule.
Taking some measurements in the back bathroom, the one we NEVER use except to store winter coats and cat litter, etc. About six weeks ago, we purchase some lumber that we intend to use to reinforce the soft and sagging floor. When the retirement hits this next week, she's arranged to purchase a used-but-in-good-condition shower base and surround, and the intention is to use it in that back bath. Reinforcing the floor would mean we could use the toilet and sink in there as well; I'd turned off the water to the toilet because it had developed a very noticeable lean and that is not a good sign of anything. We want the shower installed, because the ABS tub/shower in the main bath has numerous cracks in it, the underlying flooring is decaying fast, and we're afraid of falling through. Having a safe-to-use shower doesn't sound like much, until you don't have it. The base is small enough that I can bring it in the door and the surround is separate, so I should be able to maneuver it and get it installed. I have a few days' work ahead to clear out the commode and sink/vanity, etc. to prepare for it all, and then to start putting the lumber down to do the floor. Be nice to get that fixed.
One issue: the overhead light no longer works, and no, it's not the bulb. The light switch shares a outlet plate with a dual-outlet that is, as is wise in a bathroom, a GFI protection. Which does not want to reset. I have a GFI analyzer gizmo, but it tells me nothing whatever. No blown breakers in the box, so I don't know what the issue is nor where to look next. Bummer!
Got an e-mail from my sister and her husband. They're intending to be passing through the area Monday morning and want to meet. Briefly. They're both on staff at a Christian college in central Virginia and have been coming through the area twice a year -- usually during the college's break. But both have been offered early retirement buyouts, and are planning to leave their positions at year's end. What happens next I imagine they'll tell me. Perhaps. Their college, nominally part of a once very conservative Protestant denomination, has been going further and further afield for as long as I can remember, as so many have. I suspect that some of my opinions on things are not in accordance with theirs, and so may account for some of the rather aloof attitudes. But I love them both, notwithstanding. Will be nice to see them, even if only for an hour or so. And perhaps something good can come of it.
Another "song of the day" that came to mind, unbidden, has been forcing some questions there in my mind since that moment. This is one of those that I remember from my youth, but have heard only very rarely since that time.
I Gave My Life For Thee is the title.
We know that we can neither earn our salvation, nor buy it, not at all. But, having received forgiveness and a new life in Christ, what is our reasonable response? That's a question that has been around for a good while. But it is still one that we, individually I believe, must answer.
He gave His life for us. What have we done for Him? It's an uncomfortable,disquieting question. And, perhaps, it should be. The modern-day church in the West has struggled with this, and continues to do so. I believe that the answer varies from one individual to another. But I also believe that the Lord has a call on each of us. The details of that call will vary from person to person, and from time to time. But a call, certainly.
Our passage in the Old Testament is Psalms 93, 94, and 95. These, particularly 93 and 95, would be suitable for singing or chanting in a service of worship. Indeed, that is still the case today, including in at least one Protestant denomination that I know of. Like so many of the Psalms, these should really be read aloud. Try it.
The passage in the New Testament before us is verses 22-36 in chapter 11 of the Epistle to the Romans. Remember that, Paul is here addressing primarily Gentile converts. I believe that many had sufficient grounding in Judaism, possibly had been converts before, to understand the background of his discussion. There would certainly be some culture clash if so. But those spreading the Gospel, the Good News, would necessarily have been referring to what we call the Old Testament: the New Testament as we know it didn't exist yet, and certainly there would not have been widely distributed copies of such even if there had been. Yes, there was a LOT going on at the time.
So Paul is explaining patiently some of the background and the great change and opportunity of the New Covenant in Christ. It turned the world upside down, and still does.