If this was your day as a farmer or trucker, it was a bad day. You’re looking at the bottom of a semi.When I saw the tipped semi as I was going to work, I didn’t think I should probably stop on the icy curve to take a picture. The road looked just like it does in the picture, which is deceptive. It was quite slick, and apparently the trucker didn’t realize the extent before he tried to take the corner.
On my way home, another semi was there and they were vacuuming the grain from the spill. A few days later when I went by that corner, this was left. We know a couple of people who come to spills like this to get feed for their animals.
Small Town Nebraska:
Speaking of animals, I saw a couple of turkeys one recent morning. Not all that exciting, but I still wanted to show you.
What I’m Thinking and Learning:
Choosing Jesus, choosing to be joyful when things seem stressful, really is better than growling. Believe me, I know. I had a peaceful moment last week when I chose what was important instead of what felt urgent. Elliana wanted to see if we had the music for “What Child Is This” (random child request), so I was looking through a hymnal for it. Liza has to be at the piano if anyone is there, so she was sitting sideways on the piano bench looking through a hymnal of her own. Elliana and I found “What Child Is This” and played through it. I can’t stop at one, so I thumbed through and played another. How else will my children learn songs like “Onward Christian Soldiers”? Then I came across “Abide With Me” by Henry Lyte from 1847. Perfect words for me.
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens, Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou, who changest not, abide with me.
Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Though dwell’st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar condescending, patient, free;
Come, not to sojourn, but abide with me.
I need They presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.
Hold Thou They cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
Elliana got Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids for Christmas. I’m sure the adult Jesus Calling is super good; but if you read this kid version with your child, you’ll be encouraged everyday. I really like it.