Reflections on Lent - Day 4
The storms have found us. Lightning strike, thunder boom. It has been a surprise for me today up on this hill. Was I not looking? Not paying attention to the weather? Apparently, that's a no go. I was working on the new novel when my alarm sounded. It was time for the live Reader Posse Round up at high-noon and I was looking forward to connecting with my readers, giving them a sneak peek of some new words from the page. But instead I kept repeating myself, finally gave in to giving up, hanging up. Calling it done. Later, I sent them an original short story as apology. Thanks for tuning in but today has been called due to weather.
My Lent embarkment has been to remember how to pray silently for a stranger each day. How to keep someone, place someone, on my heart in such a way it matters to me. Where I connect with someone human in a short, small way that reminds me to be human. 40 days. That's all. Surely, after having done this for three years running and then some I can pull off 40 days.
Then the storm. The things that waylay us. Storms in everyday. Storms in life. Things that derail us so easily from the goal we had, the lofty thing, the desire for better than we were before. But today - oh my, what a surprise. As I said, I was writing. Nested in. There had been grey skies and some clouds and so early on I built a fire just for purpose. The kind where you gaze and snuggle down and work sitting on the floor, laptop in - well, lap. Literally. I live up the hill without a basement much to speak of. More crawl space that I would think if I was crawling in the house would cave in upon me. Sometimes there seems to be no safe place. I have that closet I've written of. The one beneath the stairs. Close enough it's what I've got.
Today, I didn't venture out so no strangers met but still some find their way to mind. People used to ask me, "What do you do if you don't leave home that day? Then what? What prayers are lifted up or said?"
"There's always someone," I would reply. "An unknown authors name on the spine of novel laying out. The face in a newspaper, the voice on a radio."
Our worlds are encased with strangers.
Today, as the lightening struck near the house, connecting to the ground singing something out there somewhere, as thunder explodes even now as I write these words in such a way I start and jump, think - Will there be no end to this today? And the weather service sends me yet again an alarm that says Lightning has struck closer than a mile.
I want to tell them, Yes, I know. I'm living here. I was raised in the deep south. Full of storms and summers. This is the stuff that I was made of.
And I think of that first cousin to my stomping grounds, Alabama and her recent heartbreak. My stranger then today is this. Those who lost and are grieving still from storms that shook and killed and wiped away hearts and worlds. For them I bow my head today.
The lightning makes me jump, the thunderclaps are way too bold and truth be told the smallest vein of fear dares to run amok in me. But, I am not afraid to pray. For Peace be still. For kingdom come. Thy will be done. Even when my flesh opposes me.
Tonight, again - Alabama rests heavy on my heart. Because I know the storms have passed but the hurt lingers on. Always will. And the best we can do is to continue loving and try to understand.
Ok, it's official. I am the worse selfie person in the world. Everyone does it. Let's put it this way. Anyone who is somebody who is supposed to be capturing their moments and sharing them with readers and good followers does it well. Author friend Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a pro. I've accused her of being a twitterpath.
I only received one F in my entire life. It was in home-ec. That's another story. But I'm thinking on this whole F/B - social media - twitter thing that I might get a D-. For instance. A few days ago a group of creative writers, part of the Nashville Literati, had lunch at Amerigo's downtown Nashville. If I had only known that we could have shut down twitter and done epic 'stuff' and made history, too! So here's my buddies Ellen, Brad, Jennifer, and more getting snapped. I'm so shy I was just out of range of the camera, down there in the lower right corner off screen. A few thousand miles off screen in Nashville in an ice storm :)
BUT back to Amerigo's - I could have said - SELFIE - and everyone would have jumped right in. Is it officially a selfie if the waiter takes the pic? Does that count? So just imagine in the photo above that you have a bunch of happy writers talking writing, publishing, the red carpet music awards, Sting and Ringo and agents and more and you've got a photo that looks pretty much just like this one. Only completely different.
NEXT Time- I promise. Flash glam shots of smiles all around.
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