Sunday Sermon, Storms and Other Stuff

17 Aug

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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This morning, I woke before the alarm, deciding to get out for my morning walk before the grueling afternoon heat set in. It was only in the mid 80’s, so I was determined to push myself for a long brisk walk.

As per my ritual, when I marched past Miss Bernadine’s house, a few blocks away, I gave St. Francis a tap on his head for good luck. The bunnies and squirrels were scurrying around, probably with the same idea of getting out before the heat.

I try to challenge myself and push a little further each day. Yesterday, over 2 miles, and this morning, over 3 miles.

I got home in time to shower and get ready to watch Mass on TV from the Dallas Archdiocese at 11. This time, no church in my pajamas.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus being confronted by a Canaanite woman pleading for her daughter to be cured from demon possession.

Matthew 15:21-28

21And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” 24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

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My take on it…people might say that Jesus was insensitive and uncaring at first. But, I think it was more of a test of faith. Just like in our everyday lives, things aren’t always easy and perfect. What would happen if every time we wanted something, it was just handed to us? That might sound ideal to some, but there’s something to be said for working towards your goals and having faith and determination. “If at first you don’t succeed…”

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It was a very good day. I got to FaceTime with my adorable granddaughters for a while. Then, about 6pm, the skies got very dark and rumbled. A severe thunderstorm was issued, and a little while later, the power went out. It was scary out there. I searched for my flashlight, and decided with no television or internet, that it was a good time to take a well deserved nap. My theory is, if there’s a tornado, the siren will wake me, and if the house blows away, at least I’ll be well rested. Not much I can do about it. I turned off my cell phone to conserve battery in case it was a long outage. I got in a nice nap, and the power kicked on about 8:30.

I turned my phone back on and found a message from my neighbor nextdoor saying our fence was down on her side from the high winds. I guess I’ll have to wait till morning to check it out. Thank goodness the other side was fine, seeing as that was a brand new fence section, replaced just last month.

Another interesting Sunday, to say the least. I hope yours was a good one. ❤️

2 Responses to “Sunday Sermon, Storms and Other Stuff”

  1. Brenda Davis Harsham August 17, 2020 at 5:38 pm #

    Nice that you are healthy. I climb so many stairs per day. It’s monstrous for my arthritis.

    • toniandrukaitis August 23, 2020 at 4:49 am #

      Stairs are my nemesis. I can walk for miles, but one staircase can do me in.

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