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Editorial for January 2007
"Power & Humility"
     The power went off at 8 pm Thursday and came back on at midnight Sunday night. At first it was but a novelty, a minor inconvenience, but by the end of the three days, the significance had sunk in. Even though we had a gas fireplace and outside barbeque, four old-fashioned oil lamps and many candles, I began to think of what it must be like for those devastated by a Katrina-like event, for the homeless, and for most of the people of the world who have even less.

     There was this humbling recognition of how easy it is to take for granted all the treasures we have surrounded ourselves with and how fragile and useless they become when it comes to basic needs of life.

     There was the discovery that it's not easy to read by an oil lamp or candles. Our eyes have become so accustomed to the bright lights that electrical power and commercial standards provide. (How often have we heard that the church sanctuary lights aren't bright enough?)

     In just those three days, some food in the refrigerator and freezer spoiled. Can you imagine what it would be like to live without these appliances?
Gone, too, was the luxury of a hot shower or shave.

     In the context of the world situation, this inconvenience was all small stuff. But the measure of humility and self-centeredness that came with it was not. We have a new awareness of what Christ calls us to be and do as individuals and as a church.

     This pre-Christmas storm was timely as it came at a time when we were preoccupied with the hustle and bustle that the season has come to be. It caught us trying to meet the deadlines for mailing cards and gift packages. These were mailings to some family and friends that, instead of being once a year connections, should have been ongoing throughout the year. It wouldn't matter then if they were late.

     The three days without electrical power were a strong reminder that there is a higher power that sustains us, guides us, and calls us to a higher purpose. It helped bring us back to the true meaning of what we were celebrating. May it linger a long time.


First Baptist Church
22800 56th Ave. W.
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-3922
(425) 778-2046
Last Modified
25 April 2007
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