My husband is away in the Mainland for the weekend (Men's Retreat at Camp Hope) as we await the nastiest part of this 'tropical' storm tailing of the week of rains and winds here in the Comox Valley. A Fall Storm. It is a quiet and anticipatory time: I look out my kitchen patio door down over the neighbour's shed, tree tops, and across the stone-grey strip of Comox Harbour that I can see. The heavy layers of grey cloud slump down into the mountaintops. There is a very thin line of light, a whisper of sun and blueness.
Dark and gloomy in here. I can see some lights on over in Comox, on the far shore. It is 10:50 AM, and I am not at church. I will do a private worship and prayer today. It is raining lightly. Eventually the winds will come up and start breaking apart branches, and maybe uprooting trees. The rivers in Courtenay are higher than usual. There are likely detours around areas of overflow today, and possible gridlock on the bridges. I am an anxious driver with slowed reactions as I get older. I took myself off the city streets today thinking (or rationalizing my fear?) that my absence is probably a benefit to the other drivers and pedestrians in the city where I go to Church.
I did a little battening down of the hatches, as my neighbours name the putting of lawn furniture and garbage cans in the garage. I brought in a potted ficus that has lived on the back deck for most of the summer.
I am mindful of not getting enough exercise and took a walk around the block before the rain came with my neighbour, Linda and her little dog, Alvin. Always kind, Linda offered their services or ? if anything comes up while Ed is away.
I listen to Chris Tomlin singing "God of Wonders" on youtube. A majestic piece of music with vibrant energy and lyrics that fit with the Creator's artistry and energy, a testimony of today, the Sabbath. "God of wonders beyond our galaxy-- You are holy, holy!" The apple tree in our backyard shakes and sways in time.
To allay my fearful spirit I listen to Acappella's "Hush" (Don't Worry, God is Standing By)" on youtube.
I am missing my friend's sermon today. I am very sorry about that because Chaplain Karen Hayde always serves me up spiritual food. I will listen instead to a sermon by Pastor Dwight Nelson. You can listen too if you have 35 minutes (something you can multi-task with since you do not need to have your eyes on the screen to take in the message). It is called "Living On the Edge With God-- Part 1".
12:15 AM: The harbour is 'socked in'-- white like a snow storm, with a white sky. Rain is falling steady. Trees and chimney smoke are not perceptibly "blowing in the wind".