by Jeff Strite

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Bless The Lord, Oh My Soul (2 of 4)
Series: Psalms of Praise
Jeff Strite
Psalms 103:1-22

OPEN: Years ago, there was a popular song called "Big Yellow Taxi", by Joni Mitchell. In the chorus was this memorable line:
"Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got, till it's gone."

You don't know what you've got... till it's gone.

You know, there is so much in our lives as Americans that we take for granted.
When I go home tonight, I'll enter my house and turn on a light switch... and light up the room. I can open my refrigerator and there are all kinds of foods to eat and things to drink. When I get up in the morning, I can step into my shower and turn on the water and stand under hot water for a long time (and I do). And then I can get dressed, and go out and get into my car and drive on down the road anywhere I want to go. And when I run out of gas... I can pull into a gas station and fill up again.
I tend to just take those things for granted.

But that hasn't been the way things have gone in New York and New Jersey. When Hurricane Sandy slammed into their coastline, everything you and I take for granted disappeared for those folks.

Houses were destroyed.
The electricity grid went off line leaves thousands without power.
Emergency supplies dwindled and disappeared.
Even drinkable water was in short supply

And gasoline... good luck finding any of that.
Gas stations either ran out of gas... or they had gas, but they had no power to pump it out of their tanks. Long lines developed at many stations ... and one woman even ran out of gas waiting in line to get gas.
Some people just parked their cars in front of stations and made arrangements with the gas station owner would text them when a tanker was to arrive.

This was very upsetting for most people. They'd grown used to just driving up to the pump and getting gas when they needed it. But when they couldn't anymore - tempers rose and fistfights broke out.

Most folks ...

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