Vol 1., No.
December 11, 2002 Edition
Quickly Do We Forget
My family and I entered our cozy
beds Wednesday night, December 4, 2002, only to
awake to a morning shivering from the freezing
temperatures that invaded our home caused by the
storm's power outage. Like us, countless of
individuals and families experienced perhaps the
worst ice storm in the history of the Triangle
area of North Carolina. Bright and warm one
moment dark and cold the next.
My husband and I awoke to the
relentless sound of falling trees and limbs that
surround our home. The constant sounds forced us
to restlessly dash back and forth from our bed to
the window, hoping that the human-like trees
would spare us the grief and not touch our
already chilled home.
Moments later, helplessly, we along
with our children, prayed, first, for those less
fortunate, yet giving thanks for the gift of life
in this turbulent time.
This dark moment birthed bright
miracles as we spent countless, quality moments
together day after day. The lack of electricity
fused the four of us together as we played games,
talked, and spent intimate time around the
fireplace. The countless hours spent in
restaurant and store lines embarked conversations
with strangers who otherwise would have gone
unnoticed. A common topic was the fact that dark
times like these remind us to remember even the
most basic things we often take for granted.
Before the third chilled, dark night
loomed over us, God placed an angel in our lives
who provided us with a warm and comfortable place
to stay for the duration of our chilling, dark
experience. God bless you angel!
On the sixth day, as we rode home
and upon entering my much appreciated warm home,
I thought about how these days will eventually go
into the forgotten memory banks of most, and
prayed that God would allow me to remember. To
remember the dark moments like these enlightens
us to push through the dark ones that lay ahead.
Let's not forget for in
forgetting, we become weakened, and in
remembering, we are strengthened.
Copyright © 2002 by Audrina Jones
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Think About It!!
"In the gospel of Matthew, two
miraculous feedings took place among Jesus and
his disciples. The miraculous feeding of five
thousand people with five loaves of bread and two
fish and the miraculous feeding of four thousand
people with seven loads of bread and a few fish.
These miracles should have sustained the faith of
the disciples, but it did not. After these
miracles took place, another moment of lack faced
the disciples, and again doubt set in. Jesus
questioned the faith of his disciples because of
their continued doubt. Do you not remember, he
asked, of the feeding of the five thousand and
the four thousand? Do you not remember?
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