Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shaking Things Up a Bit

I suppose it did not go over very well when Our Lord called the Pharisees out.  It had to be unnerving to be compared to white sepulchers  "full of corruption and dead men's bones."   Jesus had no problem shaking up the establishment.

The East Coast got a shaking up of its own today.

I have to tell you, in a moment of brief digression, that when I was 12 or so, I discovered a book my mother was reading called "The Exorcist".  I did not quite understand what it was about, nor did I let on that I was reading it. I terrified myself in secret and it was years before I was "right" again.  If you're familiar with the horror movie based on the book, you know that part of the harassment stage of the possession involved a violent shaking of the young's girl's bed at night.

One night while in my teens, I woke up to find  my bed violently shaking and I bolted from it, only to realize we were having an earthquake.  Whew!

Fast forward to this afternoon.  I was sitting in a borrowed chair in a borrowed office at a borrowed computer when the chair began to tremble.  I wheeled around to see who the prankster was who was shaking the chair, and soon realized there was no one there. I leaped out of the chair.   Do you know that for an hysterical moment, I flashed back to "The Exorcist"?  Am I ridiculous or what?

I shot  across the hall, where everyone else was in a similar state of disbelief.  By then the quaking had ceased, but the ladies sitting by the pretty picture window told me they had seen the parking garage rattling.

This has been quite a year for unusual happenings.  Extreme heat followed by torrential rains and floods, now this.  Was it part of the wake-up call?  If I was still a lapsed Catholic, I wouldn't be taking any chances.

Everyone remarked how similar this day was in weather to 9/11.  Then we got back to work.


  1. My husband and brother in law "felt" a rumbling as well, way out here in MO. He said it was more of a sound, if that makes sense. He said it would have too light to feel. They found out later it was at the same time as the earthquake. Amazing, isn't it that it can travel so far. Our area sits on the New Madrid fault so we're hoping it won't decide to act up any time soon.

  2. His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven."
    This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain. Hebrews 12:26-27

    I thought of this Scripture today...I think there's a post in it somewhere...but my site's been down all day. +

  3. We had very similar reactions. I blogged about my earthquake experience too. It was certainly startling. ;)


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