There is such a feeling of Autumn in the air now - which I don't mind as I love Autumn - its just continually amazing how quickly the years are hurtling by.
When we came out of the Kingdom Hall after the meeting last night, it was dark. Definitely dark. No question of whether I needed the lights on to drive back. How long before it will be dark when we drive there on Thursday night?
Maggie is back with us now, which is good, as she always saves me a seat next to her. I popped in and visited her on Wednesday. Her new room is very nice, with a great view of the garden. She will be able to see the Autumn colours as they come and go. But its not home.
We were out on the doors yesterday - one of my sisters came with me and helped with my August magazine route. We had a long chat on Tony's doorstep, about all sorts of things, and I hope we were able to show him that Genesis does NOT say that the earth is only 6,000 years old!
In fact, the only thing you can deduce about the age of the earth from the Genesis account is that it must be older than 6,000 years - and surely no Scientist would disagree with that. It tells us Adam was created in 4026 B.C.E - probably in the Autumn, as mankind’s most ancient calendars began counting time around October 1, or at the first new moon of the lunar civil year.
So he would have first opened his eyes in an Autumn garden. Which is the point - the earth was not only already there, but it had reached the stage of creation where there could be a Paradise, a beautiful garden, for Adam to wake up in. And the animals were there, as Jehovah brought them to Adam, so he could name them. "Now Jehovah God had been forming from the ground every wild animal of the field and every flying creature of the heavens, and he began bringing them to the man to see what he would call each one; and whatever the man would call each living creature, that became its name. "
We have no idea how long all that took. I don't think Science is too sure either. Just a very very long time.
And Genesis begins this way: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and desolate, and there was darkness upon the surface of the watery deep, and God’s active force was moving about over the surface of the waters."
When that beginning was, Genesis doesn't tell us, nor does it tell us who long the earth was there - formless and desolate - until the creative "days" began.
Anyway, I hope we managed to get that across.
The Captain now has the date for his operation...