Faith Lift: Termites – The Baytown Sun

Posted: August 26, 2017 at 7:40 am


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Forty-one years ago, Anne and I picked August 21st as the day we planned to be our wedding day because we researched and found that in 2017 there would be a sign in the heavens that would cause people all over the world to gather and celebrate our day. We knew that our anniversary would totally eclipse anything else that could possibly happen that day. No, not really.

This year our anniversary will be remembered for the day the world experienced a much smaller moon taking out the sun, and a day when we experienced a much smaller creature taking out one side of our living room. We got to look at the black out of the sun AND to see a total black out of the walls around our chimney because of some beasts that I would like to black out termites!

Seeing what destruction something so small can wreak behind the faade of walls makes me ponder the choices I have made in my life. What little things have I said and done, and not said and not done that have had far reaching destructive consequences?

Seeing what obstruction something as big as a moon can block out something even bigger like the sun makes me ponder how small I am and yet it makes me want to make a positive difference in my world.

I want to build bridges and not walls especially walls that can succumb and crumble from something so small and unseen as termites. What little things have I said and done and not said and not done that have had far reaching positive consequeces?

The English Wesleyan minister William Lonsdale Watkinson used the expression in The Supreme Conquest, and other sermons preached in America, 1907: denunciatory rhetoric is so much easier and cheaper than good works, and proves a popular temptation. Yet is it far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness

My hope is that the little things I have said and done and not said and not done have been more like lighting candles than cursing the darkness. More like rejoicing for the return of the sun after being blacked out, or commit to speak and work to be more like the reconstruction workers that can return our home to its former beauty than curse the termites.

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