Thursday, November 01, 2007

I'm leaving more stuff undone than I intended to, but nothing that can't wait until I get back. Rather than cleaning the carpet before I go, I figure it will need it worse when I get back. I've got all the clothes washed, the one thing Mike asked to be sure I did. Gus is not coughing any more, but he's not feeling up to par, either. He ate a good bit of grass when I took him out this morning, then threw it up. Dogs do that by instinct when they have a tummy ache. Amazing how that works.
If something were to happen to me, and I don't make it back, my reputation as a poor housekeeper is safe, nothing to worry about there. I'll have this nagging "I should do more" feeling until I board the plane, I always do, but once I'm on my way, it doesn't bother me.
Choir rehearsal was demanding last night, but we are much better prepared for tonight's performance than we were. I agreed to do one of the readings. It's from Ecclesiasticus 44:1-10, 13-14:

Let us now sing the praises of famous men [and women], our ancestors in their generations. The Lord apportioned to them great glory, his majesty from the beginning. There were those who ruled in their kingdoms, and made a name for themselves by their valor; those who gave counsel because they were intelligent; those who spoke in prophetic oracles; those who led the people by their counsels and by their knowledge of the people's lore; they were wise in their words of instruction; those who composed musical tunes, or put verses in writing; rich men [and women] endowed with resources, living peacefully in their homes-- all these were honored in their generations, and were the pride of their times. Some of them have left behind a name, so that others declare their praise. But of others there is no memory; they have perished as though they had never existed; they have become as though they had never been born, they and their children after them. But these also were godly men [and women], whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten; Their offspring will continue forever, and their glory will never be blotted out. Their bodies are buried in peace, but their name lives on generation after generation.
Do I dare change the sexist language to include both genders? I mean, how could we praise famous men without the women who bore them? It's a totally lopsided way to see things, if you ask me. And men were not the only ones to do the things being mentioned. I'll try to get that approved before the service begins. Or maybe I should just read the list I posted yesterday. That would wake 'em up!

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