Joel’s in the dark

by Joel on January 17, 2007

Some might think my views less than illuminating, but now I really am in the dark and the cold. It is a somewhat chilly 44 degrees F in the parsonage in northeastern Oklahoma one-half mile from the Arkansas state line, after a significant ice storm cut power for more than 500,000 in a multi-state area. Thanks to a propane water heater, I am able to take hot showers. My portable car battery charger allows me to watch a little on the tube on a small black and white TV, and to charge up some fairly powerful portable lights. I picked well when I selected my sleeping bag. And when I make pastoral visits to those with power, I take my laptop along and plead for some juice. That half-a-mile into Arkansas the power is on and I can go to the gym to exercise to warm up. I’ve had offers to stay at others’ homes, but by now this is just a little like camping out. Although I could not begin to identify with what the tsunami, Katrina or war victims have been through, I don’t think it such a bad thing to be made mildly uncomfortable for a while until the electric returns. I’ve had a very blessed life, so I won’t whine over the trivial. The reading of the many posts by and about Mike is to see a heart focused on people and not merely the material comforts of the world. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.”

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

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Richard 01.17.07 at 12:04 pm

Thanks for that Joel — and i do hope your power is back on soon.

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Joel 01.17.07 at 10:54 pm

Richard,

It’s been 75 hours now, but who’s counting? ;-)

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Paul 01.18.07 at 11:48 am

That caught my attention. Very thoughtprovoking words. Thank you.
I am sure you will have some comfort with your own inner light!

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Joel 01.20.07 at 4:03 pm

It has now been six days without power. While an inconvenience, and a little chilly, the moment has been used by God to deepen my prayer life and to appreciate the blessings the more, including that of serving and being served.. I do regret that it is likely for the second Sunday that our congregants will need to worship at other houses. But then, maybe that will also be illuminating.

The first blessings: The Great I Am and the purposes to which we are cakked. Other blessings: Shelter, food, water, the faith family, blood family, friends, and again, hot showers via a propane water tank! And closeness to a town with power!

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Joel 01.22.07 at 3:48 pm

As of a few minutes ago (and 187 hours later), power is back on.

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