Thursday, July 19, 2012
First day of school
It was said to me last week – as it has been about this time the past several years.
“It seems summer is getting shorter and shorter.”
Close to Nowhere
It rained and rained
My youngest granddaughter Remy and I ran off last weekend.
The girls’ mom had run away to Washington, D.C., with a friend, and Meredith, my oldest granddaughter, is leaving for California bright and early Saturday morning.
The Preacher’s Corner
‘For church tonight ...six candles should light the room’
With all the manifestations of electronic religion it is remarkable to think that the little congregation I serve once worshiped without so much as electric lights to illumine their songbooks. Belle Strickland, a young woman who kept a diary here during the Civil War, commented on the deprivations of war when she wrote on Tuesday, October, 25, 1864, that “Mr. Paine [the Presbyterian minister] had church and we went….Mr. Paine said that he was going to have church tonight and that he thought that six candles would light the room.” I think about this sometimes amid all the technological paraphernalia that are sometimes thought necessary for life. Of course, air-conditioning is convenient, but it is not usually necessary to sustain life.
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