Show your power . . .

Some providential things happened this morning.

1. This morning it seemed very bright in my room when I woke up. So I rolled over to look at the clock and realized the power was out. I gasped so loudly I woke Mike up, but when I leaned over to see his (battery-operated) alarm clock, I realized it was exactly the time I needed to wake up. Nice internal clock I’ve got going on.

2. It’s not winter, so it didn’t really matter that the power was out.

3. I did laundry last night, which included washing my favorite pair of pants. What’s so great about them? They don’t have to be ironed. So I didn’t have to iron this morning. Which was good, since, you know, no power.

4. Did I mention it’s not winter? Because that’s very important. The past few times our power has been out were after ice storms. Our apartment was 50-something degrees. This morning? No temperature problems.

5. I got ready except for drying my hair. It was about an hour before I had to be at work, so I decided to just go to work and dry my hair. As I was finishing breakfast, getting ready to walk out the door, the power came back on. I got to dry my hair at home!

6. It’s August, not January. I can’t stress this enough.

I am going to take this opportunity to tell a little cheesy story. After Hurricane Fran came through in 1997, our power was out for about 48 hours. Our church was about 45 minutes away, in Chapel Hill, and the damage was much worse there. That Sunday, a few days after Fran, we had our power back, so we happily went to church. Most everyone there was still dealing with downed power lines, but the church had lights, so we had service. I am not sure if it was intentional or not, but we seriously sang these songs: “Father of Lights” and “Show Your Power.” My mom and I tried very hard not to laugh, but we failed. To this day I cannot sing those songs without cracking up. I sang them in the shower this morning. hehe.

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  1. trey

    On a summer missions trip one year when I was 17 or 18.. we were on a long van ride from TN to Kansas.. me and one of the other guys.. started making up songs.. and we would get everyone to sing them with us.. one of them.. was taking Father of Lights.. and mixing around all the letters in the song.. it went like this

    instead of .. Father of Lights.. you delight.. delight in your children

    it went.. Lather of Fights.. chou yelight.. chelight in your dildren.

    there’s just something about that song I guess.. hehe.. and you should be ashamed of yourself.. laughing in church.. I mean.. who does that.. 😉

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  2. We’ve lived for 7 years in a house with electricity only (no gas), so when the power goes out in the winter it gets darn chilly (even here in NC), especially with infants & toddlers in the house. So the last 2 winters we’ve dutifully trudged to a friend’s house to stay while our power is out (it’s been out 3+ days at a time each of the past 2 winters). And now we’re moving to a much bigger house in 2 weeks, one with gas heat and a gas log fireplace. Bring on the power outages!

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  3. dawn

    when the lights went out about 18 months ago after the big ice storm there was a city-wide celebration cancelled. It was called “Light Up Durham”. I was amused. 🙂

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  4. hahahaha! That’s a good one, Dawn.

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  5. When I lived in Honduras and Hurricane Mitch came through, we were one of the lucky few who only had our power out for a day. Water was a different story.

    For the first couple years of my life I lived in a house with no electricity and no generator.

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  6. Years ago Karyn and I were at a “Marriage and Sexuality” conference. Phil Keaggy was leading worship.

    After a particularly explicit talk to the husbands about how to please our wives sexually, the leader turned to Phil for a song. He immediately began “Higher Up and Further In” !

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  7. I had a comment until I read Mark’s. 😯

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  8. _steve

    my brain just exploded…thanks Mark, for making one of my favorite blogs R-rated!!! 👿

    Posted 8/22/2004 at | Permalink
  9. Roger

    I’m sure my wife wouldn’t get out of bed if we woke up to 50 degrees in the house. Sometimes I wonder if she really is from Maine…

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  10. this is my first time reading your blog kari, but i have to say, it wouldn’t have been the same without the Sage’s comment, classic!

    Posted 8/23/2004 at | Permalink
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