- Though the angry surges roll
On my tempest-driven soul,
I am peaceful, for I know,
Wildly though the winds may blow,
I’ve an anchor safe and sure,
That can evermore endure.
And it holds, my anchor holds:
Blow your wildest, then, O gale,
On my bark so small and frail;
By His grace I shall not fail,
For my anchor holds, my anchor holds.
- Mighty tides about me sweep,
Perils lurk within the deep,
Angry clouds o’ershade the sky,
And the tempest rises high;
Still I stand the tempest’s shock,
For my anchor grips the rock.
- I can feel the anchor fast
As I meet each sudden blast,
And the cable, though unseen,
Bears the heavy strain between;
Through the storm I safely ride,
Till the turning of the tide.
- Troubles almost ’whelm the soul;
Griefs like billows o’er me roll;
Tempters seek to lure astray;
Storms obscure the light of day:
But in Christ I can be bold,
I’ve an anchor that shall hold.
I put this image together for my Dad's cell phone case & it reminded me of these lyrics from the hymn, My Anchor Holds, which contains such vivid hopeful imagery.
While driving past this billboard on a recent trip my brain went into question overdrive: What in tarnation does that mean? Who are Americans? How can AT&T cover them? What if they are abroad? I do not understand the idea being communicated here. So what do you make up about that? Well Mom says that it means a geographic region. Dad says out of the AT&T customers they can only cover 97% and some other things that I am not remembering because I still don't get it... Anyone have some insight?
In my family we make up stories. Some would say "big fish" stories, but I think maybe it is a way of getting closer to a truth. When I am making up a story my brain is filtering thru every random fact and image I have ever come across, trying to make the story as plausible as possible. And by the age of 28 when at least 25 of those years have been spent in school absorbing facts and images, aided by my newspaper reading which started seriously in 7th grade due to Mr. Schmelters newspaper reading assignment and has been greatly helped by my internet browsers home page being set to nytimes.com for the last 8 years... that's a lot of data. And well my parents are "older" so of course they have lots of facts and images in their heads too. Okay so that's a lot of words to say we are kind of a factoid-y family... The question "What do you make up about that?" comes from the book, Failure and How I Achieved It, by Mike Courtney.
In the course of writing this post, my mom called. Both of us were on our cell phones. There was an altered sound: "gobledy gouck, charlie, alpha, tango, grgwrrrrrrrr _______________" Beep, beep, beep. Dropped call. Cell phone service is notoriously bad in our area. So in the time it takes for her to call me back I have already made up three stories. 1. Cell serivice is bad; must be solar flares. 2. It was a message from the military island across the channel and they are running tests on how to infiltrate the airwaves and broadcast messages sub-audible, but someones elbow just jostled the device and we overheard the conversation. (This idea is strongly influenced by Trenton Lee Stewart and The Mysterious Benedict Society.) 3. It was the black-finned monkeys similar to the blue-footed boobies which are like the mice in The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Those three ideas are not really "What do you make up about that?" worthy, but they are the "What do you make up about that?" moment of the day, so far, we haven't had dinner yet...
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