Next Monday is Pearl Harbor Day, observed annually in the United States on Dec. 7 to remember and honor 2,403 U.S. citizens killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. The U.S. declared war on Japan the next day, thus entering World War II. FYI. Lest we forget.
The stuff of life. Stuff happens. Some of it is good. Some not so good.
Winter is approaching here in Texas. Winter weather at our home requires putting all of Terry’s pot plants and hanging baskets in the greenhouse. It’s only 6′ x 8’—should have been larger. Terry loves plants! Maybe they’ll survive winter. Happy plants are part of life’s good stuff. So is a happy wife!
Last week our heating system quit working properly. The home insurance policy covers some but not all of the cost. Unexpected expense. Not thousands but hundreds. The stuff of life.
On the way home from church on Sunday, my vehicle’s warning light for low tire pressure came on. Could have been caused by the cooler weather. Got the tires filled. All were way too low.
Next morning the warning light came on again. Got the tires checked. Nail in left rear tire. Too close to sidewall to be repaired. My long standing relationship with the dealership owner converted a potential expenditure into a courtesy replacement. Not thousands but hundreds. The stuff of life.
These are relatively minor issues compared to more significant stuff of life. Cancer or other terminal disease. Serious or fatal auto accident. Divorce. Financial catastrophe. Pandemic. Loss of job. Foreclosure of home. Hungry or abused children. The stuff of life.
Through all the stuff of life, I’m thankful for God’s grace. In spite of bad stuff, you and I are bountifully blessed with good stuff. That’s what we said last week at Thanksgiving. It’s true every day. Here’s a story that might help us remember to be thankful for the stuff of life:
A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat – spare change from folks who hurried past.
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. Then he put the sign back in the boy’s hand so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.
That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign returned to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”
The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.” I wrote, “Today is a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.”
Both signs spoke the truth. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind, while the second sign conveyed to everyone walking by how grateful they should be to see.
It’s good to be thankful for the stuff of life we see and also for the stuff of life we cannot see.
God bless you abundantly!