I enjoyed reading a post from Mom. I hope it becomes a more regular treat.

We’re excited for the wedding. I’ve gotten to pin several generations of dress tops onto Elizabeth as they arrive in the mail from Bridget. Pretty amazing having a custom tailor working through the mail.

At the last minute this past Friday, I got a babysitter so that Elizabeth and I could hear the Thrives play a gig at the Appalachian Brewing Company. (That’s a three-man rock band that my colleague, David Kemper, has kept alive as the singer-songwriter over the past 12 years. He and I are co-teaching an apologetics course for the seniors this year.) The kids were already in bed, and we were out for only about an hour and a half. Still, it was fun to get out together for a little. Elizabeth got to meet some of the characters who frequent that joint.

I got the roof buttoned up to the ridge yesterday and just have the caps and gutter to put up now. My van’s wipers also died and need some hard-to-find parts. Thankfully, I have a couple days off before school starts.

Tobin was sick and miserable during the first part of last week and Nessa picked it up yesterday. However, she seems to be much better this morning, so hopefully she will not have it for as long as Tobin.

The grammar school principle lead a Bible study on rain during part of our teacher in-service time last week, and I enjoyed it very much. We started by reading and discussing the opening of the Song of Moses (Deuteronomy 32:1-3, ESV):

“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb. For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God!”

The image from Isaiah 11:9 of the earth being “full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” is a reversal of the Genesis flood and a fulfillment of this desire (in Deuteronomy 32 and throughout scripture) that God’s words and blessings would rain down upon His people. It also rings as a sharp rebuke to Baal and his worshipers who called upon him for rain to fertilize the earth.

We also looked at John Piper’s short thanksgiving essay on the “wonder of rain.” Compare Job’s wonder at rain (which Piper jumps off from) to Paul’s use of it in constructing a one sentence natural theology (under extreme pressure) in Acts 14:17. Certainly, rain wins a high place on the list of God’s wonders.

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