Following is one of the meanings of the word supernatural as found in The Mirriam-Webster Dictionary: departing from what is usual or normal especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature
Having said that, would the following narrative meet that criteria?
Friday, May 8th would have marked the 66th anniversary of the date I married the father of my five children. His name was Bill Boyes and he died in 1992. While having breakfast Friday morning, I silently said, “Hey, Bill, if you remember this would have been our 66th anniversary, could you let me know in some way?”
Later, while watching the noon news, a fire captain was describing a house fire. His name came up on the screen….BILL BOYES.
All over the world people are coping one way or another with Covid-19. Some people have managed to escape it, some have a mild case and others have succumbed to it. The media is top heavy with this news, making life quite uncomfortable in many respects. Today’s hymn is meant to bring some peace of mind. I pray it works for you. Happy Sunday.
Of the eight-hundred-and-seventy posts I’ve written, it is the human interest factor that has prompted the most views. “Small Mercies, Large Mercies” on August 24th, garnered over five hundred views on Facebook.
Wedding stories such as “Barefoot Over the Bridge” September 9, 2016, and “Love in the Afternoon” June 5, 2014 were well received as were stories of funerals, memorials, special anniversaries and people facing serious health issues.
“On the Sidewalk of Life” July 31, 2014, spoke of a very kind fifty-two-year-old man, who, having a severe heart condition, got off the sidewalk of life and onto the stairway to heaven after fulfilling a final act of kindness.
It is heartwarming to know that despite the world’s woes and the front-line television and newspaper reporting of them, there is still an element of human interest in the everyday lives of ordinary people.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4 ESV
Suddenly there seems to be much sad news coming my way. Families of friends are becoming ill, some to the point of no return. In the news people are being randomly killed for no known reason. As one lady I know begins treatment for advancing cancer, she commented, “This too shall pass.”
Which brings me to today’s message…there is always hope.
An item in this morning’s CBC news broadcast made me say aloud, “Good for you!” It was reported that Chairman and CEO, Edward Stack, said in part, the following on Good Morning America:
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., one of the largest retailers of its kind in the United States, is taking new steps to curtail the sale of firearms, including ending sales of assault-style rifles and banning the sale of guns to people younger than 21, the company announced this morning.
This after that terrible shooting in a Parkland, Florida school that killed seventeen people. I hope this man will be the first of many to do the right thing.
Life expectancy in 1937 was 59.7 years. A postage stamp was three cents, gasoline was ten cents a gallon and you could go to the movies for twenty-five cents. You could get a new car for $760.00 and a new house for $4,100.00.
Bread was nine cents a loaf, sugar was fifty-nine cents for ten pounds, and milk was fifty cents a gallon.
In sports, the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup and Toronto Argonauts won the Grey Cup, and Ralph Guldahl was the U.S. Open Golf champion.
In the news LOOK magazine hit the newsstands, Amelia Earhart’s plane disappeared, Japan invaded China, and President Roosevelt outlawed marijuana.
Guy Lombardo, Tommy Dorsey, and Bing Crosby were the music masters while in the movies A Star is Born and the Good Earth were hits and The Life of Emile Zola won an Academy Award.
Well, we all know what happened to the cost of living and the plight of marijuana. We also know that life expectancy is now eighty-plus years and I, for one, am happy about that. I was born in 1937.