Feeling powerless
December 13 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Feeling powerless | Friday, Dec. 13, 2002

Friday, Dec. 13, 2002

Feeling powerless

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

I can't really complain about losing power following the recent winter storm that bushwhacked much of North Carolina. The frigid blast, as some put it, was like "Fran on ice."

When Hurricane Fran left a trail of destruction and downed power lines, at least people weren't in danger of freezing to death.

I can't complain because we were without power for a mere three days and nights, while thousands of Tar Heels shivered in the dark for more than a week.

I don't like the cold, but I like darkness that starts at 5:30 p.m. even less.

Like many others, we slept by the fireplace, cooked on a camp stove, and tried to read by propane lantern and candlelight.

I was grateful that we go camping enough to have survival equipment on hand.

Samuel, who thought it all to be a grand adventure, declared "this is what it was like in the old days, when we were poor."

The upside of the cold weather is that we didn't have to worry about food in the refrigerator going bad - we just put it in baskets and set it on the porch.

The downside is that many people faced nights that were not just uncomfortable, but life-threatening.

As with all events that alter the expected course of life, there were lessons to be learned - the importance of helping others, the reminder of daily blessings too easily taken for granted, the virtue of patience.

The storm's occurrence during the Christmas season engendered other thoughts. As we sat by the fire in layers of warm clothes, surrounded by darkness that could no longer be chased away by the flip of a switch, my mind wandered more than once to Bethlehem, to a dark night transformed by a star in the sky and a child in a stable without a candle to his name, but more power than we can imagine.

It was only natural, then, to hum "the light of the world is Jesus."

And to pray for those who live in darkness that has nothing to do with electricity.

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