Notes from Jan

Blowing in the Wind

August 28, 2019

This is not the title for the final post of a colonoscopy trilogy. However, my written lab report arrived stating, “No further tests needed.” Gloucester appears to be celebrating with me by flushing hydrants all over town.

Easy to say, “Life is good” when the lab report delivers best possible news. But when it doesn’t, then what? Maybe that’s why the Psalms reach deep and wide. The Psalmist isn’t the only one who needs a talking to, like Psalm 103:1 (NLT) when David writes,”Praise the Lord,  I tell myself.” 

Reminds me of a recent talk I had with my granddaughter about writing thank you notes . She responded with, “Well, there’s just so much, I don’t know where to begin.” Maybe that’s why David, like us, needs reminders. We let it pile up until God’s done so much, we don’t know where to begin, compounded by our latest needs and requests of God or someone.

A line from Tina Schuman’s poem, A World of Want,  asks; “If I could quiet the conga-line of cravings what lingering longings would I lament?”

Where to begin, at my age?

David continues in Psalm 103: 16 (NLT) ” The wind blows, and we are gone–as though we had never been here.” Yet, David ends praising God with the rest of creation.(v.22)

Someday, when I’m blowing in the wind, I hope I’ve left behind more than a clean lab report. Somewhere I pray a song of praise to God lingers for this blessed life, with gratitude to all who made the journey possible, endurable and so often enjoyable.

“Praise the Savior, ye who know Him!

Who can tell how much we owe Him?

Gladly let us render to Him all we are and have.” Thomas Kelly (1806)

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  • Reply Jeri August 28, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    I love your writing Jan! Always brings a smile, a chuckle, wrapped in profound wisdom.
    Keep these coming!

  • Reply Larry Russ August 28, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks, Jan, for your continuing stories and insights of encouragement .

  • Reply Ann Menzie August 29, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Dear Jan. You are such a sweet blessing to so many women. When you are”blowing in the wind”. we will grieve and celebrate that you are with your father. God knows how you have shaped generations of women for Him

  • Reply wendy lane August 29, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Ahhh that’s a great song! And I agree there are countless souls that sing it from their heart because of your touch, your influence in their hearts and lives. <3

  • Reply Laura G August 30, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Amen to these comments above, Jan . Every blog entry you write is inspirational and full of wisdom. Thank you. Consider this my thank you note. 🙂 hugs to you and those grands who give rich content!! <3

  • Reply Evelyn Morgan September 23, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Love that song. Brings back a pleasant memory of bye-gone days that we shared so long ago.

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