Pat's Chat (Sept. 24)

My two brothers, Sonny and Sammy Wiant, and my sister, Mary Ann Bucklew and I have a conference call together once or twice a month.  It is always good for us.  We talk and reminisce about the good ole’ days.  Maybe many of you remember the statues of three monkeys, one with his hands over his ears, one with his hands over his eyes and the third one with his hands over his mouth.  A reminder that we were to see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.  

While we were talking about how many people are lonely and sad with anxiety in these pandemic days, we remembered back in the days when we were children and WWII was going on, a neighbor asked my mom how she always seemed so happy and upbeat.  She said one way was that she stayed away from war news, as it was always sad and worrisome.  She said she did not watch any news very much.  Often, she would put the four of us lying on either side of her in our wide front porch swing and sing with us or to us, or recite poetry to us, or tell us stories, until sometimes we were all asleep.  I have told you before that the war news scared me so much that neither she nor dad would have it on if I was in the room.  She managed to stay cheerful and brought us up with lots of singing and laughing.

So, are you lonely and sad?  Call someone else whom you know is alone and probably lonely and talk about things that could help the lonely person you called to find joy in your friendship.  Also, surround yourself with sights and sounds, that bring peaceful thoughts and feelings, sweet words, and music.  Sing out loud, find cheerful, soothing music to surround you that will fill your heart and soul.  Do not watch sad, scary, worrisome, violent, or upsetting movies.  Train yourself to see nothing that upsets or degrades you; do not listen to anything that causes you to be worried; speak kindly and calmly to those around you.  See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.  There will be sad times and upsetting times but do all you can do to keep a joyful spirit and have all the soothing sounds available to fill your space.  (“Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  Philippians 4:8).  Also, in Ephesians 5:29 we are told this: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to your heart to the Lord; [vs.20] Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We are helping no one when we fret and worry about things that we cannot do anything about.  If we are lonely, the best thing to do is call up someone who is probably also lonely and talk awhile.  We can pray about the bad situations and ask the Lord to help in those situations.  The prayers of a righteous person help a lot, the Bible says.  (James 5:16).

Stay safe and wear your mask when you must go out.  Go out only if you MUST but keep a safe distance from others.  Wash your hands often and well.




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