Day 71, Items Purchased: 0, Temptation Radar:0
Some days are quiet ones. Days for observance; to ponder things that may be weighing on the soul. It was like that for me today. It’s hard to think about, or even write about something as miniscule as a shopping fast when a world’s been shaken by a tsunami, unsettled by an earthquake. In nearly the same moment, I thought also of my sister and her husband who are traveling to say goodbye to a young friend of theirs who collapsed on the soccer field and left this life. Just like that. Tragedy strikes in an instant, many times without means for preparation. We are left numb, forced to try to make sense and put pieces together. My thoughts soon shifted, as I envisioned a husband we know, gripping his wife’s hand in the hospital as she battles cancer. His faith still steadfast, their young family waiting everyday for the manifestation of a miracle. I, battling a touch of the flu and reflecting on a tumultuous week, felt heavy-hearted and overwhelmed by such unanswered questions. Shopping for a little reassurance, and a bit of strengthening, I came across this at just the right time. I think it says everything I’m thinking better than I could.