Posted by: ritagone | November 19, 2014

At a Loss For Words…

I know many people won’t believe this, but today I feel at a loss for words.

Perhaps it’s because I’m up here in Idaho, comfy and cozy in our condo while it’s freezing cold outside, a fire (electric, okay, but a fire nevertheless) blazing in the fireplace, a good book to read, my husband sitting in his comfy chair doing the same. It doesn’t get any better than this for a mini-vacation, which is what we’re on.

So when it came time to ponder what to write for my weekly Rita’s Ramblings blog, my mind was blank. (No jokes here, either, please.) I’m just too doggone mellow this week to be agitated, anxious, upset, or generally filled with the kind of emotion one needs to write a stirring blog. And besides, the TV reception is rather poor, so I hardly know what’s happening around the world, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing once in a while.

So I think I’ll write instead a short epistle-type blog to say thank you. I don’t do this often enough anyway, so what better time than the present?   I have so much to be thankful for in my life that I hardly know where to begin, but let me try:

Thank you, God, for life and breath and family and friends, and a mission in life to work and be a small part of your Kingdom.  It is a privilege beyond words to be able to get up in the morning with tasks to accomplish that I believe will enhance even a little bit the perception of who you are and what you mean to the people around me.  I hope to end my days doing this in some form or another.

Thank you to all the people who contributed yesterday to Christian Associates’ first Day of Giving. I don’t know the final count yet, but it was pretty amazing: people gave and gave and gave, and in one phone conversation I had with Dudley Callison, our President, early in the morning yesterday, we were laughing at the sheer joy of the response of the donors who give so generously to the staff of missionaries in CA and the work we are doing around the world normally, and then to see them step up to this extra giving was heart-rending in such a good way. Thank you, thank you. May God richly bless you for your generosity in ways that you can hardly imagine, so that your blessings can be traced back in part to the generosity of yesterday.

Thank you to my family, who puts up with my passions and my pursuits and allows me to keep on doing what I love to do. Especially my husband Michael, who often suffers from the sarcasm of this blog. Today there is no sarcasm, only respect and love. I’m very mellow, you see. This proves it.

And now, because this is sounding more and more like a campaign speech or a bad awards acceptance talk, I’m ending it.

I’m really just checking in with all of you who expect a weekly something from me. Didn’t want to disappoint you, but you’ll have to wait until I get fired up back home in Southern California for something a bit more controversial. I guess it’s just easier to find subject matter that is stirring and provocative and makes me want to write a fiery blog when I’m back home, where things are always hopping in the news and socially.  For right now, I’m just going to go back to my comfy chair and my good book and continue reading and looking out the window at the river and the ducks and geese.



  1. So thankful for your “ramblings” Rita! Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family. Gail

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