Just some thoughts:
“WEEP WITH THOSE WHO WEEP”
My routine has changed a bit this week. Our daughter and son-in-law are on a few days get-away in North Carolina. That being the case my wife and I are seeing to the needs and routine of their thirteen daughter and twelve year old son.
This morning saw me up at 5:45 A.M.. knocking on the door of two grand kids, “get up, kids time to get ready for school.” This they did without any hassle. They are great with their early morning routine and responsibilities. Then I tried over seeing their getting ready, and helping them to see to the needs of the dog, “Little Jimmy” and two cats, Pongo and Rocky. “Ok kids you got everything you need for the day?” Then at 6;20 watching them leave the house and walk a few blocks to meet their 6:30 bus pick-up. Me following in the car, watching until they are safely on the bus. Whew.
Following that routine this morning I headed to my coffee place. Walking in I got my cup, filled it with coffee then walked to cash register. Then I saw her. “Her” is the one of the ladies that works there often waiting on me. As I handed her my money she was crying, wiping away tears with a tissue. “You OK, I asked. She was trying to nod her head, “Yes.” But it was evident the “Yes” was a “No.” Then I began conversation with her and learned her family was affected by the tornado. I learned that her mother’s house had been destroyed and other family and friends had been greatly affected by this tragedy. She, they all live in East Nashville where the tornado struck.
Before leaving the coffee place I again went to her, told her I was sorry for what has happened to her, her family and friends. I then I hugged her. She again started to cry, and I did also. Oh, it was not a “great big boo hoo,” but it was a cry.
While possibly my morning routine has been changed a bit this week shortly after one A.M. this past Tuesday, June 3rd morning sadly the lives of many in East Nashville and East Tennessee, you know their routine…… well it has been changed forever. Twenty-five known dead at this time in Tennessee from this disaster.
“Rejoice with those that rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12;15
Far, far too often I gauge the world only by how things are in my world.
March 5, 2020