2003-03-18 19:03:59 (UTC)

Safe Haven

With war looming I've gone back to my idea of making my
home a safe haven. I'm not hoarding anything. I'm not
hunkering down. I'm not closing my eyes and ears to what
is going on the world. The idea of being prepared for
emergencies is not something new for us. When we
lived out in the country it wasn't unusual to lose the
electric for a few days when a storm came which meant we
also lost heat and water. We have a generator, a radio and
lanterns which run on batteries, food, water, plenty of
wood for the fireplace, emergency medical supplies, a
cell phone, and so on. We even have duct tape and plastic
sheeting. No, it's being psychologically prepared I'm
talking about.

I know. I live in a small town in Oregon. The possibility
of a terrorist attack here is nil. But the Internet, the
newspapers, the television, the radio all bring the real
world into my home and home is the place where I want to
feel safe and secure. So I limit my exposure to news
reports and I don't watch CNN. I bake. I kiss my husband
good-bye and tell him I love him before he leaves for
work. I arrange a bouquet of daffodils for the dining room
table. I scrub the kitchen sink. I send an e-mail to my
son in Baltimore. I knit a hat for Caps for Kids. I
watch birds gathering pieces of grass and twigs to
build their nests. I plan my garden. And I pray.

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers,
intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for
kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful
and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." 1 Peter 2:1-2