Editing and such...
Summer has been flying by with 80-90+ degree days here in southeastern Michigan. I am very grateful for air conditioning, but my heart goes out to those in other states who are suffering in triple digit heat. I can't remember a hotter summer. When we returned from California in July, I received galleys to edit Sarai. This is where I read over the manuscript and all of the suggested changes from my editor and set out to fix whatever is wrong. She is always such a great help at tweaking my awkward sentences (thankfully, there are not that many) and grammar glitches. She also looks at the bigger picture of the timeline of the story and pacing of each scene.
Figuring time in B.C. is sometimes confusing because instead of adding forward, you are working backward, in the negative. In one place (based on the time I have set for Abram and Sarai to live) the timeline shows that Abraham lived in 2011 B.C. Strange to think that we shared the same date but at opposite poles from the birth of Christ. Abraham lived about 2011 years before Christ's incarnation, and we live 2011 years after his resurrection.
In the midst of working, we've been dealing with some of life's greater challenges. A lot of changes seem to hit during mid life, but I suppose that's normal. Kids grow up, parents pass on, and our bodies age. We are constantly adjusting to a "new normal." I wonder if other cultures in other times looked on these changes differently than we do...But I kind of doubt it. Even Isaiah (later quoted by Peter) exclaimed,
"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."
Forever. There is a forever and it isn't in this earthly life. God's Word will be there, as will all those who believe in Him and love Him.
It is good to remember in the midst of life's challenges.