Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

By Evelyn 'E.T.' Trevathan
Contributing Writer 

Lend a helping hand


January 28, 2021

Well, there is a light rain falling, cool but not bad cold to be winter, but heavy rain is on the way. Got a warm fire in the old heating stove, a cup of good hot coffee, the cats have eaten and they are snuggled back in their beds for a nice cat nap.

I am enjoying this peaceful morning. Later, I will put a pot of homemade soup on to cook and put a big skillet of cornbread in the oven. I saw the old John Deere tractor with a big bale of hay on it, yesterday. Our neighbor and the boys were loading the old farm truck and hauling hay to the barn before the heavy rain comes.

It is very peaceful here in our little valley, but outside there is still trouble everywhere. People are still out of jobs and a lot of people are sick. They have a lot of worry and lots of needs.

I was in the grocery store a few days ago and saw this little lady. She had a mask on her face and a scarf on her head. She had a little piece of paper in her hand, her grocery list, I guess. She only had a few items in her cart. She was trying to get an item off an upper shelf. I went to help her and I noticed her face and eyes were sad. I reached for her item and handed it to her and said God bless and have a blessed day. Her eyes changed and, even though she had a mask on, I knew she was smiling. She never said a word.

As I went on to check out, I thought of her small piece of paper and a few groceries. I felt I needed to pay for her groceries. I didn’t have much cash, so I put a couple of my items back on the shelf and went to find the little lady. But, she was no where! I could not find her. It had only been just a few minutes, but she was gone. As I got in the long check-out line, I continued to look for her. Where did she go? Who was she? I will remember her sad eyes and then the bright smile. Who was she? Why was she there?

Back to the warm fire, hot coffee and the sound of rain on the roof. Cats sleeping and peace here in our little valley.

God still has it all under control, and He is the light at the end of the tunnel. God Bless.


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