Skip to main content

Day 321: Sheol

 My daughter told me this morning my skin looked healthy and glowing "for a woman of my age". Lol! I will take that as a compliment. She saw the expression on my face, and said, "I mean, it has really improved over the last few days, Mom". :)

I am keeping up with 100 ounces of water.

Eating more fruits and veggies. Avoiding restaurants. Except for yesterday.

Yesterday I met a dear friend for lunch downtown at our favorite Chinese joint, The Mandarin Cove.  We both had the same dish: Sauteed chicken, beef and shrimp with veggies over brown rice. Pretty good. And a big improvement for both of us. I have know her for over 25 years.

After lunch, she had to head back to work, so on a whim, I jumped on the Max to the Rose Quarter. Bernie Sanders was due to speak at 12:45. I wanted to view the crowds. I got there by 1:00 and there were a few people milling about outside, but a very small line to get through the security checkpoint, which was impressive - almost like going through an airport terminal! I heard the crowds cheering from inside the Moda Center. This was a chance of a lifetime, I told myself. So I put my purse and bag on the conveyor belt. Alas, they made me remove my mace (oops!) and my water cup!  He told me I could hide it somewhere until after the event. Which I did. And I was able to retrieve.

Bernie was awesome. The crowd was filled with love, and excitement for this man who exudes such humility. I didn't stay for the entire event. I had promised my daughter I would get home to turn the crockpot down to low for the turkey chili.

There was a bird flying around the Moda Center, up in the rafters. Later on Facebook, I discovered this little bird, a sparrow, had landed on Bernie's podium!  He had the sweetest smile as he and the little bird looked at each other. The crowd went wild cheering. He took the moment to say this was symbolic. This little bird symbolized the dove who wanted world peace.

I am sold. I was on the fence this campaign, but I am now "feeling the Bern!"

Today we are celebrating my daughter's 26th birthday. And my brother's birthday. They were born a few days and many years apart.

We are making a roast turkey, so I don't have much time to blog. However, we did make it to the gym and a quick sauna. I had an interesting conversation with a Trump supporter in the sauna.  I like this gym with the hydro therapy. It gives people a time to relax and talk.  Like the old days!

 
My psalm of the day is psalm 16, a"psalm of trust".


PSALM 16
Keep me safe, O God;
in you I take refuge.
2I say to the LORD,
you are my Lord,
you are my only good.
3As for the holy ones who are in the land,
they are noble,
in whom is all my delight.
4*They multiply their sorrows
who court other gods.
Blood libations to them I will not pour out,
nor will I take their names upon my lips.
5LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you have made my destiny secure.b
6*Pleasant places were measured out for me;
fair to me indeed is my inheritance.

II

7I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even at night my heart exhorts me.
8I keep the LORD always before me;
with him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken.c
9Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices;
my body also dwells secure,
10For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
nor let your devout one see the pit.*d
11You will show me the path to life,
abounding joy in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever

These are beautiful words.  About loving God and trusting in Him. But then there is the  verse about "Sheol" and the "pit". 

According to the urban dictionary: 

 "Sheol is Hebrew for “the grave pit” or “mankind’s common grave.” Sheol is not a place, rather than a period of time while people are dead and waiting to be resurrected. Sheol is the most common word to be substituted by the word hell. Bible scriptures that describe the characteristics of Sheol explain it to be exactly how we would describe our dead; buried under the ground, no consciousness, no knowledge, no pain, no joy, no hope. King Solomon explained the unconscious state of the dead in detail when describing sheol –" http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sheol


I am typing this post from the library. I needed to print some music for church tomorrow. Interestingly enough, I walked through the graveyard across the street to get here. I have never done that. I came a different route. And I was filled with peace and wonder. I peered at some of the tombstones and thought about all the lives lived, and families connected to these departed.  I used to have an eerie fear of graveyards. But today I felt quite peaceful.  It was also a very nice walk, with a path and large trees.

All this on Holy Saturday. The day Jesus lay in the tomb, before he was resurrected. The Catholic church said he "descended into hell".  Interesting that my psalm of the day talks about Sheol...
I have so many more thoughts, but turkey awaits!

Happy Saturday

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Year Three, Day 134: The Charmed Life of a Commuting Grandma

I just discovered that the Starbucks at Cascades Station stays open until 10:00 p.m. every night.

Just when I was wanting to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming. Being a commuting grandma really is not that difficult. Actually, my life pretty much rocks right now!

Today has been a very good day. And I had maybe 3 hours of solid sleep last night. The Burrito has decided she likes to sleep cuddled in the arms of her Great Grandma Blanche or Grandma Zita during the day. Or snuggled safe in her infant seat while her mom, grandma and great grandma go out to lunch, do laundry and go shopping.

I warned my daughter that the
Baby Burrito needed some awake time yesterday. Or else we would pay for it in the evening. But getting so much done with a snoozing baby in tow was so freeing. Especially since Baby Burrito's dad is elk hunting all weekend.

We finally roused her for a bath, diaper change and piano lesson early afternoon.

Baby Burrito had a fantastic first piano lesson. At…

Year Two, Day 288: I Found a Place!

This is truly amazing.

God is so good.

All the time!

I posted on Facebook my housing plight yesterday afternoon. And so many of my wonderful friends had helpful suggestions. Several offers for roommates came in.  But most of them so far from my work.

Then, I was heading home after teaching and just felt the need to sit and think.  Of course sitting and thinking go so much better with a cheeseburger on a rice cake, and what do you know...there I was getting off the bus in from of a McDonald's!

So I ordered a quarter pounder with cheese, ditched the bun and plopped it down between two rice cakes (I always carry emergency rice cakes in my bags these days).

I opened up Facebook and found a message from the pastor at my church job. She and her family have a room in their basement that they have been wanting to rent. But they were hesitant to put up an ad. They preferred knowing the person.

And here I am!  This is a blessing in so many ways! I will help them by paying rent and being a p…

Year Three, Day 156: Thank God for COPD and 120 Days of Daily Hooping

10:00 a.m.

Today has been a very good day so far.

I am here at my daughter and son-in-law's church.


I have Baby Gracie duty. It is a pleasure! I had not seen her in four days. Such a difference those days made! I arrived at their trailer before church. I went straight to her crib and said,"Hi Gracie, your grandma is here!"

I scooped her up and noticed her looking intently up at my face. Like she was studying me. I continued talking to her and her face lit up with recognition!

My heart leapt for joy!

I danced with her around the living room, softly singing our theme song ("The Bunny Hop"). When I got to the "hop, hop, hop" part she would grin.




Earlier, I took the Max to Cascades Station. Had a cup of Earl Grey tea and a gluten free breakfast sandwich at Starbucks. It was such a beautiful morning. Clear, crisp and chilly. Sun shining brightly.

I love this time of year!  I did cough quite a bit last night. The Prednisone has taken the edge off, but does …