We greet another day, grateful to be here to see it. We remember those who we knew and loved who are not here with us, those who have passed on, those who are far from us in many ways. We would love to see them all, to tell them of our love for them, to hear their voices once more. Like my brothers and sister, like my wife and her brother and sister, we are now the "old generation", all those in the direct line have passed over. Some, we will see again. Some, we won't. Likewise, we have family members, our generation and the generation behind us, that we have not seen in a long time and will probably not see again in this life. I have a cousin I've not seen since the 1960's, living in California. I have another, likewise, living somewhere near eastern Maryland. I saw his sister two years, ago, and at my dad's funeral in 2011, and mom's in 2007, but before that was 1967. Wife has a brother whose whereabouts we don't know, we've heard somewhere in the Caribbean, but don't know. And we've not seen our daughters since 2013 and have had no contact with them in nearly two years. Makes it hard. We have co-workers and contacts from our work lives, scattered across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, with others spread from Ireland to Russia to Israel, China, Korea, Okinawa, Egypt,Nigeria, Romania, several parts of South America, and elsewhere. Most, if not all of whom we shall never see again. The social media stuff helps in some ways, makes it worse in others. Not least because some of the things that drew us together no longer apply.
Does have a tendency to make a person feel like the remains of the bugs on the windshield of your car.
I know that these contacts, and these relationships, came about for some reason. Not just the work or the social stuff, but I do believe that there is a Higher Purpose to all of it. I am simply not wise enough to see the whole picture, which is probably just as well.
My intention, Lord willing, is to head out to participate in church worship services this morning. He has promised to be present wherever two or more are gathered in His name. I believe that.
The Old Testament passage for the day is Psalms 96, 97, and 98. Again, these are best read out loud.
Our New Testament passage is chapter 12 in the Epistle to the Romans.
If you were to set yourself to memorizing a chapter of the Bible, this would be a good candidate. There is a lot here to chew on, and it's hard to pick out the best. I will say that the directions given here are probably not doable in our own strength, but only with the Lord's strength and Presence.