An opportunity to pray #110; May 5, 2005

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 14, 2005

Did you ever have one of those moments when you knew you were doing something wrong and better stop before something bad happens?

It happened to me Thursday morning. I left the house about 6:30 a.m. to make it to the Suffolk Leadership Prayer Breakfast at the armory. I was reporting on and shooting it.

Before pulling out of the driveway, I checked my camera to make sure I had everything I needed. Naturally, there was no card inside, I had taken into my office the previous afternoon to dump some photos and apparently forgot to put it back.

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I didn't have any spares either. I immediately started cursing at my stupidity, fairly loudly for that time of the morning.

Then I thought, "This is great. Cursing like a sailor on my way to a prayer breakfast."

So I shut up and started thinking. My choices appeared to be to either go to the office and get my card or go to Wal-Mart and buy one, either of which would have been an inconvenience and caused me to be late for the breakfast.

So I decided to inconvenience someone else. It occurred to me that managing editor Luefras Robinson lives in Chuckatuck and I would be going right be her house on my way to the armory. So, at 6:40 a.m., despite the fact that she had probably been at the office until about 11 the night before, I rang her up. Fortunately, she had one and groggily brought it out to me when I pulled up about 10 minutes later.

I don't normally lose my temper and when I do, it's usually at myself, or my golf ball. So I felt pretty bad about the way I acted this morning and fortunately, had a wonderful opportunity to pray for forgiveness.

As usual, the prayer breakfast was a wonderful event. Emcee Billy Chorey appeared to be at ease before the large crowd and did a fine job keeping things moving along.

The featured speaker, Termite Watkins, noted during his remarks that prior to going off to Iraq to fight terrorist snakes and scorpions, he was a successful used car salesman. It was easy to see why. He spoke with so much enthusiasm and energy I was waiting for him to fly off the dais and through the armory roof.

Suffolk Fellowship did a great job once again and if you get the opportunity to go next year, I highly recommend it.