Friday, January 31, 2014
“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”
The Lord is great and greatly to be praised; so, let us Bless His holy name.
We are to bless the Lord at all times, even in good weather and bad.
I had spent the night at my mom’s house this past Tuesday.
We had turned in a bit early after hearing the president’s progressive address and listening to the latest weather forecast. The forecast said we were to have sleet in the early morning followed by snow. This was not a familiar report as we all know for South Carolina, especially not for North Santee.
I awoke at one point in the wee hours to see that the electric clock was blinking on and off as they usually do when power has been interrupted; it was a little after 3 a.m. which meant that power had been lost, and restored. I reset the clock to the original 3:40 a.m. time, and went back to bed.
I could hear the rain and sleet still falling when I awoke, and realized that I was beginning to feel quite chilly. This time the house was totally dark, and I realized that we had lost power again. The old Boston lantern and lamps were quickly lit as I checked my cell phone to see that it was about 6 a.m., which meant that daylight would follow soon.
I called Santee Electric Cooperative to report the outage and found out that they were already working on the problem. I was grateful for their service. The lights were restored for the second time around 7:25 a.m. By this time the yard was covered with thin white ice, and lovely snowflakes were beginning to fall. Later an automated call came from the power company to make sure that everything was back in order, and to apologize for the time of the power loss. I was again thankful for their service. We were members of Santee Electric since the early fifties, and this certainly made me feel better about the rest of the day and weather conditions.
I drove slowly to Georgetown around 11 a.m., being cautious of ice or slippery roads. I found the highways to be quite safe, and was again thankful for any work done by the highway crews. I arrived home to see little snowbirds had gathered to hunt for food which took my mind back to the days when my older brother and his friends would go hunting with their BB guns for bird stew. No such danger for these little birds, as a blue bird appeared among the bunch. Icicles hung in clear, crystal like beauty from around the roof of the house, as if they were some creative icing on a cake. I took out my camera to capture God’s beauty in nature, then went inside to savor the inviting warmth, and listen to weather conditions on the television.
My friend Leola and I had talked the previous night about the big ice storm that we had in April the year that I was in the ninth grade, and she was in eighth. Those memories also brought back a favorite work of poetry that I adored, and was written by Robert Frost. Whenever the weather gets cold, I always quote the words that seem to make me a part of the scenery. I bet many of you remember it.
Robert Frost wrote the poem in 1923, and it was appropriately called, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Let us continue to be thankful for all kinds of weather, and to pray for others less fortunate who may be homeless or hungry, or without sufficient heat; even for the poor stray animals that roam the areas looking for a place of warmth.
Congratulations to Minister Julia Ellington on her first and newly published book called “Arise.”
Minister Ellington says: “This God-inspired book titled “Arise” is available for sale. This book “preaches to the vations.” Its purpose is to convict our hearts to bring healing to all areas of our lives. Some of the topics are: marriage, relationships, HIV, heaven, hell, wisdom, and suicide. To purchase my God-inspired book, “Arise” please contact the author, Minister Julia Ellington at 843-325-5100; 843-520-0781. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also order @ amazon.com. “ I have my copy, and I am sure I am going to enjoy it. Minister Ellington is very dedicated to helping those around her.
Faith and Prayer Warriors conference
Don’t forget the Faith and Prayer Warriors conference still going on through Sunday, Feb. 2, at Bibleway Church located at 1518 Hawkins St. The times are 11 a.m.; 4 p.m.; and 7 p.m. The program is being sponsored by Pastor Johnnie M. Tisdale and House of Prayer Sowing Seeds Deliverance Ministry. Bishop John Smith, Jr., is the host pastor.
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, our doctors and nurses, all hospitals and staff, our men and women on the battlefield and their families back home, the depressed, the jobless, the mentally ill, the elderly, and for each other. May God always grant your sincere God felt desires, and may He keep you and yours safe until we meet again.