The parking lot attendant is a sage


It was a long day of traveling. Lisa and I had started the day in far western Kentucky (Wickliffe, to be precise), drove to Nashville and flew to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. We were now in the car for the ride home.

The weather was cooperating for the hour-long drive. For us, yesterday was the third day of nice weather. The sun was shining and the air was pleasant. It felt like spring was finally here. A week ago the weather was chilly when we left BWI, and it rained for much of the time in Paducah.

Before we could head home, we needed to exit the long-term parking lot.

The light was green above the attendant’s booth. I pulled up and handed the attendant our ticket. I tend to be an introvert and have to push myself to talk with people. I try to practice whenever I can.

“It’s a pretty day to watch the world go by,” I said to the booth attendant. Her name tag read Ernestine.

“Everyday is a pretty day when you wake up,” Ernestine said. “You know, 26 years ago I had ovarian cancer — stage 3 — and Jesus Christ healed me. Everyday is a pretty day.”

Amen…can’t argue with Ernestine’s outlook.

Makes me reflect on how fortunate and blessed I am. What about you?

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Stormy and quiet Easter morning


It’s Easter morning in western Kentucky…Wickliffe to be precise. He is Risen!

An example of bad writing is “It was a dark and stormy night.” Well, it’s a dark and stormy morning. Rain. Thunder. Lightning. They woke me up at 4 a.m., but then my body thinks it’s 5 a.m. Sleeping in is not something I can do easily.

Fortunately, the lightning is far away, so there’s not the sharp thunderclaps that scare the you-know-what out out of you. It’s kind of neat seeing the flashes illuminating the dark morning. I imagine a lot of local pastors are scrambling to adjust their sunrise Sonrise services. It’s important to remember the true meaning of Easter. It’s not the pastor’s Resurrection message or Easter egg hunts that makes this morning special. It’s the knowledge and personal satisfaction Christians have that Christ died for us so we can have eternal life with the Father. Because of Jesus, believers stand sinless before a Holy and Just God.

The quiet and stillness of the early morning is also nice. Sitting back with my thoughts, just enjoying the solitude and the feeling of not having anything pressing to do.

Soli Deo Gloria.