Somehow, it hardly seems fair.
We've been having some warm, beautiful days while other parts of the country are having one disaster after another.
I caught part of an announcement for a film the other day, the title asking "Where Was God" when all this was going on. And reference was made to a school that was taken out by a tornado a year or so ago, as people were coming to deal with their anger at God for letting it happen.
But it makes me wonder. I can almost hear him saying, "Where was I? You sent me away. You have shut me out of your schools, refuse to speak to me before important meetings concerning your communities - and too often when you mention my name, it is a curse, not a prayer or even a simple word of thanks."
We've been pretty blessed here compared to other parts of the country. While we always have that potential for an earthquake or tsunami, at least we don't have a regular season of it, and for that we should be very thankful.
I lived in "Tornado Alley" for several years before coming back to Crescent City. Have you ever seen the dazed look on kids' faces right after their school has blown down around them? Or tried to corral 60 injured people and their families through a small hospital ER with just two exam rooms? It isn't an easy task.
Some memories of those times are a bit lighter - like the time we had a baseball-sized hailstone in the freezer. My grandson wanted to keep it "for a long time," and we tried.
But we forgot one thing. We had a frost-free fridge, and it gradually shrank away - we should have put it in a plastic bag first!
It's like a lot of things in our lives that we forget we should do first. We get so busy with all the things that take our interest, things get skipped.
Like going to church, maybe?
You work all week, and come the weekend, the yard needs mowing, something needs fixing and you just want to sleep in and relax.
But you may just be missing out on a real blessing. The times I have been tempted to skip a service, whether Sunday morning or weeknight Bible study, have often turned out to be some of the very best ones I went to.
Just a few things to list this week, but remember - there are still all those wonderful services in our many churches. The listing below gives you many, many choices. If you haven't been going, why not give it a try again?
The Ladies Christian Fellowship will meet Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Trinity Center of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
The speaker for the day will be Travis Denn and his wife, Lisa, from Medford.
Travis is associated with Helping Hands International and recently led a mission team to Mt. Kadam, Uganda, an area which had not previously been reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He has an interesting account of the way things developed, with God's protection obvious for the group, with visibly obvious progress.
The Denns are lifelong Medford-area residents who own a landscape design business. They have three daughters: the oldest a newlywed who is a schoolteacher, and two teenagers.
Travis attended Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. They are active, involved members of Rogue Valley Christian Church in Medford.
Come and bring your friends to hear what sounds like a very interesting program. All women are welcome - the group is non-denominational. Lunch is catered by Northwoods for $10 per person. Reservations are needed to order sufficient food. For reservations or more information, call Liz at 464-3539.
Ever wonder what God says about the end? The "end of the story" is a very interesting one, and if it interests you, there is a new Bible study starting on Friday nights at 6 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church on Cooper.
Pastor Marty Tyler and Ray Shanle will be leading a study in the Book of Revelation.
Bring your Bible. Study materials will be available. If you need more information, call Pastor Tyler at 464-4712.
Temple Beth Shalom class on the 613 mitzvot will start at 10 a.m. this morning. Previous class notes may be accessed on the website. For questions, call Jill at 464-5337.
To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.