2020 November 24 Powerless

Tuesday

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  • This is what we woke to at 4:12 this morning. That is when the power went out in our area. I know exactly when it happened because that is when our CPAP machines quit working.
  • “When you have sleep apnea, you can stop breathing, briefly, up to 30 times or more an hour when your airways close or get blocked. CPAP, short for continuous positive airway pressure, pushes air into them to keep them open.
  • The machine has a pump that controls the airflow, a tube that carries the air from the machine to you, and a mask that goes over your mouth, nose, or both.” – quoted from webmd.com
  • So … when the power goes out and the machine stops pumping air to you … you wake up immediately!
  • By the way, that black rectangle really is a photograph of the world outside our window. Either there were clouds covering the moon and stars, or the power outage was a whole lot more universal than I imagined.
  • I couldn’t help but think of the ninth plague found in Exodus 10:21-29 “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.’ So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days.” I could not feel the darkness I could only see it.
  • Hmm, can darkness be seen? Since darkness is the absence of light, it would be be more accurate to say, “I could not see light,” rather than saying, “I saw only darkness.”
  • The power returned at 5:58 a.m. Again we were alerted by the CPAP machines when they started blowing air again. No, they were not still on our faces.

French toast, right? Well, you are half right.

FRENCH TOAST WAFFLES are what I came up with for breakfast. I was hungry for waffles. However, my better angels thought that, because we had two and a half loaves of bread and five dozen eggs, I should make French toast instead.

  • So I compromised and made French toast in the waffle maker. Just as waffles are crisper than pancakes, so these were crisper than regular French toast.
  • In truth they tasted like neither French toast nor waffles. I will use this method again.

Rain! Oh, okay it was a brief shower. But it was actual moisture falling from the sky. Every drop counts.

  • We received a gift from the church today, advent candles that we can light at home, while watching the worship service online through the Facebook page.
  • One of the Church families made them all.
  • It’s a very rustic look, just a slab from a tree and then holes drilled for five tea candles, one for each of the four Sundays in advent and one for Christmas. They symbolize hope, love, joy and peace, and Christ’s birth.
  • Traditionally the candles would be surrounded by an advent wreath, representing God’s infinite love. Usually the wreath is made of evergreen leaves, which represent the eternal life, brought by Jesus Christ.

God bless and g’nite

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While this shows that I went back to sleep after waking at 4:12, it is incorrect. I lay in bed and read until getting out of bed at eight to start breakfast. My bride needs her coffee.

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