Notes from Jan

Good and Tired

September 20, 2017


A knock on the screen door interrupted my thoughts. Someone from the condo association’s building committee, sent to inspect the safety of our deck.   He, a rather large man, did his part to shiver the timbers. All I can say is, if the railings weren’t unstable before, they’re as loose jointed as I after he shimmied, leaned on, and whomped them enough to leave them and me trembling.

Who of us, if leaned on, shimmied or whomped wouldn’t show a flaw or two, which partially explains why I love and need our bible study group.  We take each other as is, assuming we’ve endured enough whomping over our lives, no further jostling needed.   We’re good company, growing older together.

We met last week for the first time since summer’s break. After potluck supper, we spent the better part of the evening laughing,  not because we’re unaware of sadness and sorrow, pain and difficulty in our own lives or the rest of the world.  Sometimes one must choose joy.

Let faith out to smile.

This morning I read in I Timothy 5 in the Message,”Sign some widows up for the special ministry of offering assistance”, which included “helping out tired Christians.”

Sometimes that’s the loose railing, we’re just tired, good and tired. Like a car that’s hit too many potholes, we need realignment.  Laughter helps, sometimes better than pills to relieve an ache,  or prayers mumbled for a fatigue or concern gone soul-deep.

The older I get, the more I look for laughter, hunt the humor in a situation, like this church blooper:

“If you choose to heave during the postlude, please do so quietly.”







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  • Reply Beth Johanson September 20, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you Jan for sharing a glimpse of life today. Love you. BethJ

  • Reply Sharon Eaton September 20, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Jan, You are superb at finding the laughable in our lives & sharing it with all of us! Thanks for another giggle thismorning !
    We are at the airport now on our way to Tokyo today then Board a cruise ship tomorrow for a 3 week trip through Asia– Japan, S Korea, & China!! I am hoping I receive your emails while we are away as they are always a highlight of the day!!
    Blessings, dear friend,

  • Reply Ruth S. Wacome September 20, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Needed a good laugh today, Jan. Thanks for providing it along with food for thought.

  • Reply Marty Lefever September 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Couldn’t agree more and smile as I picture the laughter in that room . . . It is wonderfully therapeutic! Helps to have TB back on his game! Yay! Love you, dear friend . . .

  • Reply Jim Trent September 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    “The older I get, the more I look for laughter, hunt the humor in a situation” Amen!

  • Reply Valerie McCoy September 20, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Ah yes….and how about this bulletin blooper that caused my hiccups I laughed so hard:
    “Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.”

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