Sunday, December 27, 2009

He sleeps in a storm

I heart books. Yes, I did get a Kindle for Christmas, and yes, I do intend to read lots of books on it, but there's something about the feel of a book in your hand that an electronic device just can't replicate.

Have a little faith by Mitch Albom is a wonderful book. From its book jacket made to look like an old prayer journal to its ragged pages -- it is a beautiful specimen. Oh, and the writing is good, too. The story begins when Albom's aging rabbi, Albert Lewis (aka The Reb), asks him to deliver his eulogy. As the title would suggest, it is a story about faith. The faith of Rabbi Lewis, Mitch Albom, and an inner city Detroit street thug/drug dealer turned minister, Henry Covington. But this is not meant to be a book review, I simply wanted to share a passage with you.

From a Sermon by the Reb (Rabbi Lewis), 1975

A man seeks employment on a farm. He hands his letter of recommendation to his new employer. It reads simply, "He sleeps in a storm."

The owner is desperate for help, so he hires the man. Several weeks pass, and suddenly, in the middle of the night, a powerful storm rips through the valley. Awakened by the swirling rain and howling wind, the owner leaps out of bed. He calls for his new hired hand, but the man is sleeping soundly.

So he dashes off to the barn. He sees, to his amazement, that the animals are secure with plenty of feed. He runs out to field. He sees the bales of wheat have been bound and are wrapped in tarpaulins. He races to the silo. The doors are latched, and the grain is dry.

And then he understands. "He sleeps in a storm."

My friends, if we tend to the things that are important in life, if we are right with those we love and behave in line with our faith, our lives will not be cursed with the aching throb of unfulfilled business. Our words will always be sincere, our embraces will be tight. We will never wallow in the agony of "I could have, I should have." We can sleep in the storm.

And when it comes time, our good-byes will be complete.


Are you able to sleep in a storm?


Maureen said...

Very nice post, Kathy.

Anonymous said...

i love this, kat.
really encouraging words and good to read today.

L.T. Elliot said...

What a beautiful sermon. I'm not sure I'm fully sleeping through the storms yet, but I'm trying to get there.

♥ Kathy said...

That was very nice. I'm going to have to read it.

Kristi Fornshell...pagan43 said...

I read Have A Little Faith in October. When I got to the Final page, I began again. I seldom read the same book twice.

I will read this one each year,until the lessons it has to impart have become a part of my everyday existence.


Anonymous said...

OOoooOOoooo! That was a good one.

Corinne said...

Oh my, that really speaks to me. I read Tuesdays with Morrie (a few times...), and The Five People You Meet in Heaven (I think that's the title...) and I got a little burnt out on the author. But I'm adding this to my list. Thank you!

Joanne Sher said...

Wow - powerful reminder, and a book I now want to pick up! (and the old rabbi at the synagogue in our town was named Albert Lewis. Kinda freaky ;) )

Marni said...

Ooh, I love the new pic of you in your profile. You look purdy {grin} (notice I did the dumb "grin" thing instead of actually posting a grin emoticon? You're welcome)

I want a Kindle. I didn't decide that until Santa had purchased other gifts, but my birthday is a mere 8 weeks away, so here's to hoping. Are you enjoying it? My bro-in-law loves his but my sister would rather have a book in her hand. I'm torn.

I love this book review you gave us. I'm adding it to my Amazon list so I can gear up for my 2010 reading. Thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

Again a honesty a possessions post. Thanks your crony