#157: What A Gathering!

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(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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On that bright and golden morning when the Son of man shall come,

And the radiance of His glory we shall see,

When from ev’ry clime and nation He shall call His people home,

What a gath’ring of the ransomed that will be!

CHORUS

What a gath’ring, hat a gath’ring

What a gath’ring of the ransomed in the summer land of love!

What a gath’ring, what a gath’rdng

Of the ransomed in that happy home above!

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When the blest who sleep in Jesus at His bidding shall arise

From the silence of the grave and from the sea,

And with bodies all celestial they shall meet Him in the skies,

What a gath’ring and rejoicing there will be!

CHORUS

3

When our eyes behold the city with its many mansions bright

And its river, calm and restful, flowing free,

When the friends that death hath parted shall in bliss again unite,

What a gath’ring and a greeting there will be!

CHORUS

4

O the King is surely coming, and the time is drawing nigh

When the blessed day of promise we shall see;

Then the changing “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye”,

And forever in His presence we shall be.

CHORUS

Peace (piece) of the storm

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Well, Thursday we talked about the impending storm. I published the weather service’s Ice Storm warning, starting 9 a.m. Friday.

Well, on Friday morning the warning started at noon. By noon it started at 6 p.m. The forecast didn’t change at all after that, but when we went to bed at 9 p.m. no storm had started yet.

When we woke Saturday morning, and looked out the window, the roads looked wet, but no beauty of ice on the branches. Stepping out we could confirm that the wet was actually ice.

So I took the dog out for his regular three mile weekend outing. It was amazing how quiet it was; how slick, yet how beautifully peaceful it is.

At first I didn’t see anyone else or anything moving. The usual dogs weren’t along the route. And most of the streets were just like ours, but every so often one of the streets would have gotten obvious salt treatment and the ice would not be there, or would be slush.

When I came down the hill toward Chouteau Trafficway, I could hear a truck on the street across from me try to climb a gently incline. It slowly spun its way up the incline, and then turned the corner and inched its way down the hill to the trafficway.  There was no better example of how the roads were: no treatment on side roads, and then a beautifully treated thoroughfare.

The weather actually warmed up to 32-33 degrees around 1 p.m., and the roads cleared of ice, so people started moving again. We went out and did some errand running, but made sure to get in before it got dark and started getting cold again. Tonight is forecast for more and heavier rain, with colder temperatures, so the morning should be even harder to travel in than it was today. The current forecast I pulled up has freezing rain starting at midnight and going through 4 p.m. Sunday, where it turns into rain/freezing rain, until the temperatures drop again, and it is all freezing rain. until 1 a.m. Monday.

We will see how much of that we actually get.

In the meantime, that makes tonight a good in-home movie night (more on why that is special for tonight on a later post).

Calm before the storm

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Since at least Monday the extended weather forecast has been filled with icy rain/wintry mix possibilities coming up this weekend. When that was all to hit moved back and forth. Sometimes it was Friday, other times everything was clear until Sunday. But today, it looks like it might have actually settled down.

The story I heard this morning had the ice storm of the decade coming into the south of the metro area Friday afternoon around 2 p.m., and hitting downtown between 3-4 p.m. (right before rush hour). There was a winter storm watch effective noon Friday to 2 p.m. Sunday (50 hours long). But this afternoon they issued the below Ice Storm Warning that is 63 hours long:

 

    • Issuing Office: Kansas City/Pleasant Hill

      Source: National.Weather.Service

      2:21pm CST, Thu Jan 12

… ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM FRIDAY TO MIDNIGHT CST SUNDAY NIGHT… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED AN ICE STORM WARNING, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM FRIDAY TO MIDNIGHT CST SUNDAY NIGHT. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * TIMING… LIGHT PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN LATE FRIDAY MORNING… WITH PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON OR EVENING. * ICE ACCUMULATIONS… TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATIONS DURING THE MULTI-DAY PERIOD OF ONE-QUARTER TO THREE-QUARTERS OF AN INCH. * MAIN IMPACT… MAJOR IMPACTS TO TRAVEL ARE LIKELY AS ICE ACCUMULATES ON AREA ROADWAYS. BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES WILL BE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO ICE ACCRETION. ICE ACCUMULATION ON TREES AND POWERLINES MAY RESULT IN SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… AN ICE STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. COMMERCE WILL LIKELY BE SEVERELY IMPACTED. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD, AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. ICE ACCUMULATIONS AND WINDS WILL LIKELY LEAD TO SNAPPED POWER LINES AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES THAT ADD TO THE DANGER. &&

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… ICE STORM EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND… .PERIODS OF SIGNIFICANT ICING IS LIKELY ACROSS THE AREA THIS WEEKEND… STARTING FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ICING IS EXPECTED SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING. PRECIPITATION WILL GRADUALLY CHANGE OVER TO RAIN FROM SOUTH TO NORTH SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

So we are in the peace before the storm — if we actually get a storm. The next few days could get interesting. We will be huddled waiting to see what hits; prepared to read and huddle together.

Some people are doubtless raiding for supplies to be prepared for power outages and staying shut it.

If this does what they are suggesting, it will be the ice storm of the decade.

#156: Christ Returneth!

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(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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It may be at morn, when the day is awaking,

When sunlight thru darkness and shadow is breaking,

That Jesus will come in the fullness of glory

To receive from the world His own.

CHORUS

O Lord Jesus, how long, how long

Ere we shout the glad song —

Christ returneth! Halleleujah!

Hallelujah! Amen,

Hallelujah! Amen.

2

It may be at midday, it may be at twilight,

It may be, perchance, that the blackness of midnight

Will burst into light in the blaze of His glory,

When Jesus receives His own.

3

While hosts cry Hosanna, from heaven descending,

With glorified saints and the angels attending,

With grace on His brow, like a halo of glory,

Will Jesus receive His own.

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4

O joy! O delight! should we go without dying,

No sickness, no sadness, no dread and no crying,

Caught up thru the clouds with our Lord into glory,

When Jesus receives His own.

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How to blog …

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Cedar had an excellent post today on how to blog. I looked at her post and recognized some of the evolution of my own blog.

She made good points about knowing why you write, and planning a schedule. I’m better on the second than the first.

But the one thing about a schedule, is you still have to have an idea about what you want to say, and hopefully say it  with some sense of eloquence or charm.

But so often that requires more mental power than I seem to have some days. And so often my posts, like today’s, end up  being more the length of a tweet than a reflection.

But keeping it consistent, keeping a rapport, I’ll keep that up. Until the length and eloquence return.

Fitness Update: Cold Start

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Well, the year is getting off to a cold start, and so is my fitness goal.

As I mentioned previously, the swimming is starting slow, with the hand in the splint. I ran once on the first, and managed to trip into a hole in the dirt on the shoulder of the road. The bicycle got picked up from the shop Friday — new back rim — and so I’m putting on the miles there — 57 for the year so far.

Since my first race of the year, the mile, is on Saturday, we will see how my training works this week, and whether I make the 8 minute mile I originally set myself for. I could do it on a treadmill, but hard to pace myself in the open still.

So we will see how well the race goes on Saturday.