Blog 1661, 20 October 2018, Saturday
Walking and working outside (yard work, gratefully not ours) have been wonderful this week. My weather guru, Cliff Mass of KNKX, informs me that on this coming Tuesday all of what resembled summer will vanish under heavy clouds and a rain that stretches as far as he can see. I don’t know how far he can see, but on Tuesday I’ll dig out my rain gear. It’s been great weather, and considering that the rainiest month of the year is only eleven days away, it makes me want to sing “This time, we almost made it.” With my study for Amos on Sunday almost done, just the review happens, I’ll spend today afoot in perfect walking weather.
Yesterday we went to the eye doc to see about getting new glasses. He said, “No, you don’t need them. Your glasses are fine.” So I explained about the headaches and the weakness of my eyes and he told me the line that I’m almost not willing to share. This is what the doctor said, “It’s not your eyes, it’s your brain.” Oh. He isn’t a master of communication; he could have delivered that message a little more pleasantly. The title to this blog, “It’s the brain, stupid” a self-applied paraphrase of Bill Clinton’s campaign line that’s been Marvin-ized. As Jean kindly pointed out already, “Everyone already knew that, Marvin.” Oh. So I’ll limp through life slightly visually impaired, trying to avoid bright lights and over-use of my eyes, and be content to be as I am, hopefully for a long time. And it’s good to know the source of my problem—it’s the brain!
I’m already dreading the end of the Amos study. It’s not that Amos is a terrific book in which we loll our way through God’s gentle word to his people, it’s actually more like a alcohol-induced, three-car freeway accident. But it’s a strong word and a message of caution and an invitation to take our lives seriously. I’ve loved delving into the unknowable and yet with an assurance that defies logic. With permission of the new pastor, whoever that will be, we’ll probably teach a shorter class this winter. With blessings and a quote from Amos, “Seek good, and love good, and establish justice in the gate,” (Amos 5:15a). Love,