Happy New Year?
We say “Happy New Year” but for some of my friends and my church family it has not been a good start. My best friend had three deaths in her extended family since Christmas Eve. Two of them were not expected.
Early in January, a lady in our church family suffered a stroke and entered heaven three days later. Her memorial service was very well attended by our church family and some who had been a part of us in the past. She had a large family.
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o far this year, I have come to the conclusion that when we wish someone a “Happy New Year”, it is a greeting or a wish. A greeting when we open a conversation with it, a wish, whe we end a conversation or depart from other people.
A New Hymn to Me
I was able to get to church the middle of the month. One of the hymns we sang was new to me. It was one I wanted to remember. But I couldn’t remember the title when I went to write it down.
As I fixed my lunch two days later, the melody came to me, then the title popped into my head. It’s called “Hymn of Promise”.
January Children’s Message
On January 22, we had snow here in central Indiana. I was scheduled to give the Children's Message.
Due to the snow, attendance was somewhat down but we had some visitors. When the pastor called for the children to come down, It looked like I was going to get to tell the whole adult congregation my message. One gentleman went to the nursery and helped bring in three preschoolers. My message was going to be above their heads. I had to “wing it”. After the children left, I turned to the pastor’s wife behind me and told her I winged it. Another woman sitting nearby heard me; they both laughed.
I call what I have been dealing with I will call the mid-winter blahs. I believe this is the worst case I have had of it. It’s been too cold and snowy to get out to get things that we need. I was able to get out the day before the big snow we had. We had a power outage that next Saturday. Someone was taking down a tree and the upper branches hit the power lines. Hubby decided we could go out to eat. The sunshine and the warmer temperature brought my spirits up. That respite from winter did not last long!
Not Much Writing this past Month
I have tried to keep my blog and some other things. But nothing on omy project I started late last summer. I hope to do better.
When th weather breaks, I intend to go over to an area community center, join up and start trying to walk on a regular basis.