Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sometimes I Feel Like a Foolish Virgin...or Humbly Happy

*“Sometimes I feel like a foolish virgin” I remarked as we scrambled about collecting extension cords, looking for flashlights, dashed to Drayton for gas for the generator etc.. …
but I’m so thankful, since the kids are older these storms are not quite as stressful as they used to be.
Jim usually misses out on the 'excitement'.
Due to his breakdown a few days ago he is trying to make it home in time for a
(Hopefully-will-happen) Easter dinner with his family that we are hosting tomorrow!)

 While gathering extension cords it reminded me of a power-outage, likely 20+ years ago, when our best-neighbor-in-the-world connected enough cords to reach from his generator to our house so the girls could have a night-light and listen to their 
Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round cassette to go to sleep! 
Some kindnesses we NEVER forget! 
(like coffee and hot chocolate and pop delivered to our back door, 
like come-use-our-shower-microwave-coffeemaker etc!)
Thank-you Bill and Patty!

That's the thing about trouble; it makes us remember…

Makes me humbly count my ‘happy’
Makes me take stock of the rest
Like the trucker on the highway
And the birdie in its nest

And the people not so ‘lucky’
As to have a ‘home-sweet-home
Makes me turn my little thank-you
Into a prayer and/or poem

Makes me contemplate ‘possibly’
How the wise keep lamps prepared
While the foolish rummage madly

Makes me think upon the kindness
Of good neighbors and good friends
And the second-mile stretched highways
That it seems trouble extends

Makes me humbly count my ‘happy’
Makes me try not to forget
To try harder to be ready
For the storm not unleashed... yet

© Janet Martin

'Possibly' is Procrastination's best ally!
There is one For Sure we cannot afford to procrastinate!!

*Matt 25:1-13
 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

I bought this flashlight the other day, hoping to keep mine from going missing on 'pirate ships, under-the-couch-cushion camp-outs, and other kiddo-adventures;-) 

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