Hunker Down and Hold On
It’s Hurricane season in the Atlantic. Here in Florida we just survived Hurricane Hermine, the first hurricane to strike Florida since 2005. When tropical depressions and hurricanes are forming, it dominates the local news and daily conversations. As a storm approaches some will worry, some will prepare, some will leave and some will hunker down.
In 2004, Central Florida had 3 Hurricanes roll over us in about 6 weeks. There was devastation throughout the region. People were without power for 2+ weeks (no fun in the Florida August heat with no A/C). We lost 100+ shingles off our roof and had blue tarps for 6 months while we waited for insurance settlements and available shingles.
Storms come in life. They can be threatening and fierce. Storms can cultivate fear and anxiety. When a hurricane comes ashore it effects everyone in its path: the rich and poor; healthy and weak; prepared and unprepared. So it is with life.
Life will have its storms, some more fierce than others. Vocational storms of unemployment, career change, doubt and uncertainty can halt our moving forward. It may be an economic storm like we entered in 2008 that has ripples into other areas of life. Relational storms can increase strife, cripple families and can cause them to collapse. These are all too common. There can be personal storms of a health crisis. Disease, depression, or the death of someone close can lead to our ruin.
None of us are immune. Some are more prepared, but more than likely, people will find themselves in the middle of some sort of storm. How do we cope? We do what we can. We prepare our best. We tap resources. They may be in social services, professionals or more likely a network of friends and family, true neighbors who will come to our aid in the midst of a raging storm.
Earlier I used the phrase, “hunker down.” I think I first heard this when playing football. The defense will make a goal-line stand and gear up with greater focus, pouring intensity into this set of downs to keep their opponent from scoring a touchdown. The defensive line braces itself and weathers the onslaught of the offense.
After we’ve done all we can do, we brace ourselves and hold on. The good news is storms don’t last forever, they die out or move on. Home is an anchor point where we can gather strength and courage. We can prepare with loved ones and “hunker down.” Throughout life, storms will come. Storms will pass and we will get through it.
Holiday Wild Game Dinner
Saturday December 17th 5pm-8pm
At Canterbury Retreat & Conference Center we have established a Holiday tradition in The Holiday Wild Game Dinner and Christmas Concert with David Teems. Join us for a celebration of the season with great food, warm moments of fellowship, great conversation, delicious desserts and thrilling entertainment.
It is a little early to know the exact menu but in years past we’ve serve venison, elk, wild boar, bison, game birds and more. All this surrounded with traditional holiday favorites, fresh baked breads and amazing appetizers. Plan now and make reservations for this unique and wonderful moment. Make this your office Christmas party, treat your staff or your neighbors and spread the Christmas Spirit!
The best dessert of all is an evening concert with David Teems. David is a gifted singer, songwriter and musician. He is also an author and poet. You’ll be amazed at his talent and his fluid ability as a performer and troubadour.
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