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mon posted: Mon 2018-12-03 07:00:02 tags: n/a
Sat: Pot roast A++ would nom again. Watched "Jeremiah Johnson" (1972, Robert Redford) after dinner. This reminded me of "The Revenant" with its survival and unfulfillable vengeance themes.

Miss prepped me mentally ahead of time, and by that I mean she simply said Sat that we should visit the animal shelter Sun, so that puzzle piece was in place. And I figured out another part of my apprehension - that I was never involved in the "bringing home a completely new pet" process before in my adult life, so I needed to take a support role and let someone else lead. I'm OK with the responsibility of caring for a pet, it was just the lead-in that had me feeling apprehensive. In this case, that leaves Miss to lead, but of course without that explicitly stated, Miss hadn't been aware that I needed her to act like the leader. So we got that all ironed out and a few hours later, Sunday afternoon we brought home Jinjer Kitty LeMieaux.

Sunday night movie: "The Birdcage" (1996)

Advent meditations
As Sunday was the first of Advent, the "contemporary" collect from the BCP would have been:
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The daily lectionary readings for this 2nd day of Advent are Psalm 90, Numbers 17 where the Lord quells contention among the Israelites about the legitimacy of the Levites, and 2 Peter 3 where Peter beseeches (presumably the same audience as 1 Peter) the Northern Galatian church to await God's kingdom patiently, and meanwhile keep prepared - that is, to address contention and strife immediately, not let resentments and grudges simmer. At simplest, to "let there be peace" and "let it begin with me". In the time of the written law, God gave His people a sign and thereby settled disputes for them. Now that we are adopted through His Christ, and are given the Holy Spirit and are supposed to be maturing spiritually, we should rely on our Spirit-led inner gifts of empathy and reason to judge fairly and equitably among ourselves, to seek advice and arbitration from trusted leaders when our own discernment doesn't suffice, and be fair and impartial judges where others call on us to arbitrate.