March 4, 2016
In the time of Jesus, people lived in small villages made of little one room, mud brick house. They didn’t have bathrooms, baths were only taken for purification reasons before entering the Synagogue and they had no running water. The women would be up at the break of day preparing to do their chores and one of the first things they did was to walk to the town square with a bucket or pitcher to fetch water from the community well to do their cooking and washing for the day.
If you needed to go in the middle of the night, you stepped out your door, maybe going around back and taking care of your business. Some of the villages had ditches that ran between the houses or in back that everyone would use for their waste. Later they had communal toilets, often situated in the corner of the public square.
It is amazing to me, as I do my 366 days of thankfulness, just how much we take for granted. Today I am thankful for running water and plumbing works that take our waste far away from where we eat and sleep.
March 5, 2016
When the Israelites left Egypt to travel to the promise land, they did not ride in carts, on donkeys, camels or horses. All of their belongings were usually on donkeys or mules, or carried on makeshift carts pulled and pushed by the people. They often carried many of their belongings wrapped in bundles with their hands or on their backs.
There were no roads, streets or highways for them to travel on, just the dry earth beneath their feet. Many of them walked barefoot, the bottom of their feet toughened from the hot, dry earth and from walking that way for most of their lives. Often they made sandals, usually just from a piece of hide or thick material tied around their feet with string, thread or leather straps.
They wore woolen garments that they spun and wove themselves from the wool of the sheep they raised and they kept their heads covered to keep from getting burned by the sun. Some may have had garments made from animal skins, but those two were very hot to wear.
Today I am thankful for shoes and clothes. We can make our own if we have a sewing machine, but most people purchase them online or from the local stores. Shoes are found in abundance online, in department stores and local shoe retailers and there are so many styles, sizes and colors to choose from.