Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

19 Nov

“It was a dark and cold and gloomy morning. But, I had my sock monkey hat to keep me warm.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It was a dark and stormy night” is an often-mocked and parodied phrase[1] considered to represent “the archetypal example of a florid, melodramatic style of fiction writing”,[1] also known as purple prose. (Wikipedia reference.)


wow! It was cold again this morning, so I wore my sock monkey hat to church again. My ears stayed nice and toasty. I love to make people smile, too. Yes, I’m silly. Isn’t it grand?

Today’s Gospel was from Mark. A depiction about what the last day will be like. The Son of Man will come from the clouds, sending his angels and gathering the chosen….

“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”


My take on it… gosh, nobody really knows when their last day is, do they? I could get hit by a bus tomorrow. I always say that, but we don’t even have buses here in McKinney. In reality, any day could be our last, so why can’t we just live life to the fullest, be the best person we can be, and love and share and care with all our being? Why can’t we all just do that? Not because we are afraid of hell or looking for heaven, but because it is right and just and feels good. Just sayin’.

Even though it was pretty cold and dreary out, I had a good day. I stopped for coffee at McDonald’s with Mr. Jerry after church. I actually got a hot chocolate instead of iced tea. I don’t drink coffee and I was cold. I couldn’t warm up. It was just dark and damp out all day. When I got home, I changed, bundled up and went for a walk. Gloom and cold doesn’t stop me.

I was rewarded for my fortitude with a lucky penny. This poor penny was waiting for me a very long time. It looked like it had been run over a zillion times. Always a good sign.

When I got home, I made a lot of phone calls, catching up with friends and family. I must have been on the phone three or four hours. Plus, today was Lin’s birthday. We had a lot of catching up to do.

It was a good day. Pretty uneventful, but good. Now, it is night. Hope you had a good Sunday.

4 Responses to “Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff”

  1. Jolene R Kappes November 19, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

    It’s hard to stay cheerful on gloomy days, isn’t it? I find this to be so true for me these days. Thanks for the reminder that a cold and dreary day can still be filled with humor, worship, warm beverages, fresh air, surprises from heaven, and happy conversations.

    • toniandrukaitis November 19, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

      Thanks Jolene. On dark days I wear bright colors to cheer me up. They’ve done studies and is supposed to help. Red is my go to color. And sometimes the dark cold days are my favorite time to walk and think. Not so many distractions with beautiful sunsets and neighbors to bump into for conversation or drinking beer in their garage. I love to laugh and make other people smile. And hugs, yes, hugs are the best way to share joy. Have a great day, my friend.

  2. agriffith1 November 19, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

    It was a dark and stormy night I’ve always heard is one of the most famous leads of all time. It’s from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline D’Engle. It has the dreaded dead verb and also starts with “it”, which you know I avoid. I love this lead. It drew me in.

    Of more interest: why can’t we all just…
    This is what’s wrong with family and country (the work place too if I remember correctly). Thank you, Toni. I’ll work on me and use Stephen Covey’s Circle of Influence for the difficult moments. I miss you and love your hat.

    • toniandrukaitis November 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi Miss Mandy. Oh my, I miss you too and all the brainstorming and sharing our writing. I learned so much from hose years of our writing group. I don’t think anything or any group would be able to live up to those standards. Love you girlfriend.

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