I was checking out the readings for Mass this morning, to see what to pick for music to go along and this is the first reading. It made me think of all the flooding going on up here and the drought in the south.

Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a
Moses said to the people:
“Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God,
has directed all your journeying in the desert,
so as to test you by affliction
and find out whether or not it was your intention
to keep his commandments.
He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger,
and then fed you with manna,
a food unknown to you and your fathers,
in order to show you that not by bread alone does one live,
but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD.

“Do not forget the LORD, your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
that place of slavery;
who guided you through the vast and terrible desert
with its saraph serpents and scorpions,
its parched and waterless ground;
who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock
and fed you in the desert with manna,
a food unknown to your fathers.”

Hmmmm….

“so as to test you by affliction
and find out whether or not it was your intention
to keep his commandments. ”

Testing….., yup, I’d say many are being tested. I hope we all pass the test.

We got a doozy of a short hard storm last night. Down in the Black Hills they had power outages and man stuck in spots until the power lines were up off the roads and other interesting things. Marianne  (   http://northviewdiary.blogspot.com/  )  writes of the trouble her family is having just trying to get feed put up for the cattle. My friend in Arizona has had to sell most of the cattle off that ranch because of drought, as so many others down there have had to do.

Seems we are always being tested in some way. I guess it’s not so much about what happens to us, but how we handle it.

Blessings on you all. Look for the manna. Might not be what you are used to, but rest assured, He has sent it. Sometimes we just need to think outside the box!