Thomas Fletcher (fletch31526) wrote,
Thomas Fletcher

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Get Me To The Church On Cumberland Road

I survived the two tests Saturday without suffering a massive heart attack or developing an ulcer. Those that saw me in the days before know that my survival can only be attributed to divine intervention. Thinking about that, something dawned on me -- I'd slipped into "C & E" mode. The last two times I'd stepped foot in a church were Christmas and Easter. I decided that a non-holiday visit was in order.

I negotiated with the alarm when it first sounded Sunday morning. I did not want to get up. I believe I reset it twice and squeezed in a couple of extensions to the night's sleep. Finally, at about 10 after, I dragged myself out of bed. The shower helped start the awakening process. Getting dressed completed it. By the time it was 15 'til, I was heading out the door for the five minute drive to church. I was ahead of schedule.

As I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed that it looked particularly deserted. Granted, they're doing some construction on the grounds... but that couldn't explain why so few cars were there. I parked my truck and didn't move. I wanted to survey the scene and figure out what was up. I watched for people going in or coming out... and then I glanced at the clock.

10:00 a.m.

Services are at 8:30 and 11:00. I'd been shooting for the 11:00.

I had been watching the clock all morning. I saw the alarm clock when I woke up. I checked the Regulator in the dining room a couple of times because it's the only clock you can see from the bathroom. I gave the microwave clock at least once passing glance. I looked at my watch both when I put it on and when I locked the door. My truck clock let me know that I had plenty of time for the drive. Yet, there I sat... all dressed up and at church a full hour early. How does something like that happen? How could I pay that must attention to the time without ever noticing the hour?

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