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The Last Hurrah


The Last Hurrah

It is amazing how far we have advanced. When a dictionary usually only had definitions for a “word” they now have definitions for phrases also. I was shocked to actually find a definition for the “Last Hurrah”. The free dictionary defines it as 1. a final appearance or effort, especially at the end of a career. 2. a politician’s final campaign and 3. any final attempt, completion, performance or success or the like.

On March 2nd we had a severe weather advisory. We were to get 4 inches of snow starting around 9:00 PM and then two more inches of snow in the morning. When I went to bed at 1:30 AM Sunday morning, we hadn’t gotten a flake. I was almost certain that it was going to pass us by, but around 4:30, apparently (because that is when they issued the next warning) it started and by 10:00 AM we got our 6 inches of snow. The following two days, Monday and today we had bitter temperatures, in the 20’s.

This winter has been the worst and weirdest I’ve seen since I moved to Missouri in 2007. 61 degrees one day and 20 the next is definitely unusual for winter. But it isn’t just in Missouri. Everywhere has been alternating between ice storms, tornadoes, rain and warm days. This last storm, according to what I see on weather sites is winters “Last Hurrah”. We should be fluctuating between the mid 40’s and low 60’s starting tomorrow.

There are a lot of “Last Hurrahs” in our lives, situations where we walk away from one job or position to a better one, or where we moved from a bad situation to a better one. Life holds a lot of mysteries for us and you never know what might be around the corner. There could be few or many “Last Hurrahs”.

I have to admit that for years now, my “Last Hurrahs” have been some of the best in my life. I have gone from dangerous to safe relationships, I am now surrounded by people who love me. I have moved from low positions and/or low paying jobs to much better ones that have made my retirement much more acceptable financially.

God is always in control. When you think about that you will realize that he is responsible for all those “Last Hurrahs” that lead to new and better beginnings. I am truly thankful for the past “Last Hurrahs” that have brought me to where I am today.

Isaiah 43:18 Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago.

Philippians 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.

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