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A man and his wife were arguing about who should brew the coffee each morning. The wife said, "You should, because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait so long to get our coffee." The husband said, "You're in charge of cooking and you should do it because it's your job, and I can just wait for my coffee." Wife replies, "No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee." Husband replied, 'I can't believe that, show me.' So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament And showed him at the top of several pages that it indeed says.. "HEBREWS."


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JONAL ENTRY 1267 | March 22 2013

. . . they proclaim their sin like Sodom, they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil upon themselves. Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for what his hands have done shall be done to him.

— Isaiah 3: 9b-11 (RSV)
from today's lenten Orthodox
lectionary readings

If you've watched or listened to any broadcast news today you may know that a major spring snowstorm is beseiging Europe now, possibly the same one that arrived in the mid-Atlantic and much of the rest of the American east several days ago and still has not completely worn itselt out. Though I've been seeing snow at a few feet higher elevation than where I live in Belfast since my arrival in Ireland last Wednesday, this is the first that has come all the way down to the lower elevations of the city. I've seen more snow today than at any time since moving to California some 45 years ago, and I'm enjoying it through my front room window. Here's a video of that, embedded from my YouTube page:

One of today's lenten Bible passages (one of the same ones, I daresay, that the church has been reading on this day of lent for centuries) seems to speak directly to current events. The U.S. Supreme Court will hand down a major decision on "gay marriage" soon, and now New Zealand is reportedly the latest nation whose government is about to legalize it, as many European nations already have. The Prophet seems to be referring to the former U.S. military policy of "Don't ask, don't tell." The proud should be ashamed to proclaim their defiance of God's guidelines for sexuality, he seems to be saying, but instead they are proclaiming it, proudly, as a right, even an entitlement, of democratic societies. So Godly people must, I think, wonder whether and when our western civilzation will be destroyed (or self-destruct) like Sodom did.

Years ago, I remember, a network news anchor editorializing about a then-current trend in the sexual revolution to accept greater license for things generally held, in all civilizations throughout history, as taboo. "Many men," he said, "may cheat on their wives, maybe even most of them in some time in their marriages, but none would claim that such behavior should be accepted by society." He was making the same point, I think, that Isaiah does here: It's one thing to sin, to fall, to miss the mark; another to claim sin is the norm or socially expected and accepted. I can't imagine any of the network anchors of today making such an assertion. Drinking 32-ounch Big Gulps may be sin today, even requiring new laws to stop, but now every form of fornication is normal.

Being snowbound today has given me more time to occupy myself with diversions than at any time in recent history. You'll notice, if you watch the video linked above, that it even impelled me to FaceBook, a place I seldom visit and had been eshewing. One of my sons and his wife gave me an iPad mini as a going-away present, another brand (Apple) I had been eschewing for decades. But they wanted the children to be able to keep in touch with their O'Pa through the iPad's built in video-chat application, Facetime, so I've been getting acquainted with my iPad and we have already had our first Facetime, an amazing means of free long-distance communication. And I've been finding that FaceBook and YouTube are different on the iPad in ways that might make them addictive, or at least more frequently used.

We'll see.

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