Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church
July 13, 2012
THE SECOND TIME AROUND
Perhaps it is the perfect antidote to our hurry-up culture, though I didn’t intend for it to work out this way.
I get up each day and read the Columbus newspaper, cover to cover, as I eat breakfast and drink my coffee. The problem came a few years ago when our paper was delivered later than my breakfast.
Each day when I finally head to Dublin, the paper has arrived, so I pick it up off the driveway as I drive to the road and toss it into my car. That evening when I arrive home, I take the paper in and put it on the kitchen table and read it the next morning with my breakfast.
Much of the news can wait 24 hours. The latest State Legislature arguments don’t sound any more or less important with a 24-hour delay. Fights in Congress in Washington don’t change much day to day. The news from the Middle East is the same whether it is 24 hours or 24 years late. I’ll admit it is tough to not know the latest Cincy Reds score from the night before, but I solve that by checking out the score on my iPhone ESPN App and then a day later I can read the details if I am interested.
Lots of my news which I read, comes from the internet; it pops up on my Yahoo account. I go to MSNBC or the New York Times websites. I keep NBC4 website for local news. I have numerous news Apps on my iPhone which I access daily. But for some reason I feel more connected and maybe even more reflective reading my news a day late on newsprint. Sometimes I’ll be in a bit of a fog before my morning coffee, and read that a train ran off a cliff in India and I’ll think to myself “That is the second time that’s happened this week. Doesn’t anybody pay attention to train signals in that country?”
And then I realize I first read about it in USA Today on the internet and that now I’m reading a 24 hour old newspaper. On the other hand, especially good news, which does actually happen in the world, is even better read a second time 24 hours later.
An old friend from the lake in Michigan died some years back. A couple years later we were at the lake and I was reading the lake owners summer newsletter and it announced that my old friend had just died. I mentioned to Marty that I could have sworn my friend had died a couple years ago. Then I checked the date on the newsletter; it was three years old. But I went ahead and read the whole newsletter cover to cover anyway.
I have a few newspapers here at home to get through and I will too. One of them has a headline about Lindbergh and Paris. I may want to see what that one is about.
Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing
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