a. Shock. Awe. Bewilderment. Overwhelm. Anxiety. Loneliness. Fear. Harried. All feelings of being unsettled we're climaxed this morning. In a nutshell, I rode the subway, wandered on the streets of New York, and somehow found the train to New Jersey. It was only 63 degrees, but my back was covered in sweat. Go ahead and say it - I'm a chump. lol
b. Despite the feeling of "Oh my gosh," this morning, I knew that inaction was not an option. I had to get to New Jersey, so I had to keep going. It really paralleled what we're experiencing in Texas.
c. Despite all the activity on the streets, there was a whole different world of activity going on below the street. It reminded me that there's a lot going on the spiritual world. I cannot see it, but it's active and very real.
d. An encouraging verse today was Psalm 32:7 => "You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." The lesson: I need to keep listening to songs that build my faith, and encourage me to look for God's deliverance.
e. I spent today with Edgar and Jill's family. Other than neighbors from across the street, I was the only non-family member here. I am hopeful my light is shining.
f. I began to tear up when I saw him dealing with the pressure of preparing for the service, and handling his four kids. While he has help, the weight of it all still falls on his shoulders.
g. I went with Edgar to his oldest son's school program. I believe it was good for Edgar to get out the house, and spend some time with his son.
h. The funeral is Friday AM, then a celebration is planned for afterwards. When I say celebration, I mean celebration. The family worked today for 5-6 hours setting up for it. I anticipate it will be memorable.
i. It was good to speak to Cetelia, Max, Caitlin, and Kuria Joy today. I miss them all, and look forward to seeing them in a few days.