The markets were quiet today for a stock option expiration ahead of a three day weekend.
Next Thursday there will be an option expiration on the Comex for precious metals on Thursday the 24th. I would expect it to be relatively quiet since May is not a major contract month.
There were more deliveries on the April contract declared, but little activity has been reflected in the Comex warehouses.
Every person must have a purpose that takes them outside of themselves. And so I thank God for the opportunity to maintain this quiet corner of the internet for us, that He provides the time and the energy it takes to put it together, and the pull that brings people here to read and join in.
Every person must feel the warmth of human compansionship, and so I thank God for the readers' emails and the many friends with whom I share news, and comforts, and the occasional smile every day.
Every person must come to understand themselves in context, and so I thank God for the good teachers and the business travel, the knowledge and the seasoning that can permit one to look at the troubles of our own time in the light of history, and know that these too shall pass. There is nothing which we are called to face that has not been encountered by people just like us, with the same weaknesses and failings. It is not only books but experience that teaches this to us, the commonality of all that is human.
As a very wise friend of mine recently said, 'the nature of my rebellion, is to rebuff the quiet overtures from heaven.' There can be a certain sick sweetness in wallowing and worrying over not only what is real but is also imagined, and to try and bear the troubles of the world by ourselves. But it is a sickness, unto death.
"Let us feel what we really are- sinners attempting great things. Let us simply obey God’s will, whatever may come. He can turn all things to our eternal good. Easter day is preceded by the forty days of Lent, to show us that they only who sow in tears shall reap in joy.So let us pray for a serene vision of things as they really are, and that strength, which used to be called the virtue of fortitude, to never give in to the allure of falsehoods and the emptiness of despair. The tomb is empty, and death is overthrown.
Contemplate then yourself, not as yourself, but as you are in the Eternal God. Fall down in astonishment at the glories which are around you and in you, poured to and fro in such a wonderful way that you are dissolved into the Kingdom of God.
The more we do, the more shall we trust in Christ; and that surely is no morose doctrine, that leads us to soothe our selfish restlessness, and forget our fears, in the vision of the Incarnate Son of God.
May the Lord support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in His mercy may He give us safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at last.”
We are an Easter people, and hallelujah is our song.
Have a pleasant weekend. See you Sunday evening.