Thursday, April 9, 2009
Talking with God
I had a lot on my mind last night. There were a lot of things troubling me and I was thinking about blogging about them today. You see I watched the news and there was one bad story after another. It is really depressing to watch the news. But this morning I decided that posting about the bad things would only spread more bad vibes so I am instead going to post about something else. But before I do, here are the items that I found upsetting:
Pirates of the non Caribbean kind,
Our leader bowing to the wrong king,
Degrading video going unchallenged,
Power grid hackers considered not a big deal,
Selective reporting based on politics,
I can discuss any of these if you so desire or if you are interested but I am not going to bog down my blog with the details. Besides this is Easter week and there are more important things to talk about. This morning at the gym, I was talking with my new friend “Pastor Frank” about Easter Sunrise Services. Have you ever been to one? They are usually very moving and inspirational. They are also symbolic of the dawning of a new day which is what Easter is all about. We would get all dressed up and go down to the beach and watch the sunrise and feed the sand gnats while the preacher gave a brief service. But talking about Sunrise Service, also reminded me of Dr. Ruth.
Dr. Ruth was a lady that went to our church back when we were Seventh Day Baptists. She was an odd woman who lived by herself in a big house in Daytona Beach. I say odd because she was different and as a child, I heard many people refer of her as being odd. I think different would be more fitting than odd. She was different, very different but in good ways.
I don’t know what kind of doctor she was but I am guessing that she was a homeopathic physician. At least that is what she struck me as being. There weren’t very many female physicians in those days so that by itself made her different. She never wore makeup and her hair was long and straight. She often wore floor length dresses that were plain and simple. She didn’t believe in killing anything. Not people, animals or bugs. If a bug or mouse got in her house, she would simply catch it and then let it go outside. She said that God made all things and we should never destroy what God has made.
She was a God loving woman who always went to church but more importantly practiced what the preacher preached. She would help anyone who needed help including homeless people. She would give you the clothes off her back if you asked her for them. She enjoyed working with children and she introduced me to Pumpkin seed ice-cream. She was considered a health nut before they were popular. She was quiet, kind and gently and never violent.
The reason that I thought of her this morning was because Sunrise Services remind me of her. One of her favorite things to do was to ride over to the beach before dawn and sit alone and watch the sun rise. Sometimes she would bring along devotional readings but other times she would just sit quietly and talk to God. She didn’t mind telling anyone this either. She said that she enjoyed being alone with God. A few years back, I heard that Dr. Ruth passed away. She was very old and still living alone. She died one morning, sitting on the beach, watching the sunrise and talking to God. I bet she is still talking with God today.
Have a wonderful day,