THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
Thomas Paine (The Crisis from December 1776)
No, I’m not going to get political here. I’ve just been following Antbed Anne on her road trip through the East Coast and many of the sites of the Revolutionary War and when I was thinking about this on-going heat wave those were the words that came to mind!
This time last week we were without power and it was REALLY hot in the house as well as outside. Today the AC units are struggling to keep up but they are making it cooler and (more importantly) less humid in the house which makes things much more manageable.
Still I can tell that tempers are short (my own included) effected both by the heat and the air quality. There is more whining, more quarreling and more Mama-having-run-out-of patience than usual. I check the weather several times a day, hoping for rain to bring these temperatures down and every day the numbers remain in the triple digits.
I am reminded this morning that “This is the day the Lord has made, 100 degrees and all. This moment orchestrated and planned by Him. Who am I to find it sorely lacking? To give up on gratitude and grace because it is just too darn hot? Maybe, by turning up the heat, He is giving me an opportunity to grow in the areas I need to focus on. By thrusting me into the fire of these days, a chance to be refined.”
We do have a great deal to be thankful for: