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Opinion: Go ahead and pray for that good day


July 12, 2020

After a rough stretch lately, the wife and I finally threw caution to the wind and took a vacation last week.

After our governor ordered Texans not to come to our state, we found that Ruidoso had open lodging and was ready to help us dispose of the little bit of disposable income that was left after filing our taxes.

Sure, we only went inside one store and two restaurants out of an abundance of caution for my immune-suppressed honey but it was a welcome break. Just sitting on a porch in the mountains sipping coffee in the morning and wine in the evening as the hummingbirds droned and cackled was just the right prescription.

I told my wife we were going to start our mornings off with a Don Williams tune I knew called “Lord I Hope This Day is Good.”

The song is a prayer really. In it, Williams asks the Lord for a good day and talks about being empty and misunderstood.

“Lord have you forgotten me?”

He admits he should be thankful but he still asks for a good day. He even asks for the Lord to send down the thunder and rain. I think we can all relate to that request. For us, thunder and rain is a good day.

Another Don Williams favorite we could all use about now is the song “I Believe in You.”

You probably remember the lyrics: “I don’t believe in superstars, organic food and foreign cars … That north and south can’t get along, That east is east and west is west and being right is always best.

“But I believe in love, I believe in babies, I believe in mom and dad and I believe in you.

“I like to think of God as love, he’s down below, he’s up above, He’s watching people everywhere, he knows who does and doesn’t care and I’m an ordinary man, sometimes I wonder who I am.”

A lot can be worked out in your mind on a porch with a dog at your feet if you listen to what God’s saying.

David, Moses and even Jesus wondered in prayer why God had forsaken them. We’re not bad when we get in that way, we’re just human.

Go ahead and pray for that good day. Also be thankful for what you’ve received. Stop and talk to God and get the priorities straight.

As for me I’m going to choose to believe in love.

Karl Terry writes for Clovis Media Inc. Contact him at:

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