Wednesday, 13 July 2011

I lost my bow tie.

There I was the other day in a hurry to attend an important meeting when … dash it all … I could not find my bow tie!

You know the one; light turquoise with small pink flowers!

I looked everywhere and could not find it. Perhaps my cat had taken it and used it as a toy … it had vanished and I was in a hurry.

I prayed to St Anthony to help me find it but I think he was too busy searching for something else. So I chose my spotted ordinary tie instead, put on my best hat, and off I went.

Whilst in the taxi I thought about that old lady in the Bible who’d lost a coin. When she found it she held a party for her friends and neighbours to celebrate. Well, I certainly won’t be doing that if I ever find my bow tie … cheaper to buy another one, I thought. Although light turquoise with small pink flowers is somewhat rare, I tell you.

Then my thoughts wandered about what else people can lose and feel really bad about.

Money … jewellery … prized possessions … someone’s love perhaps … or even worse, a loved one.

It must be terrible when we lose a loved one and, although we believe as Christians that people go to a better place when they die, their departure does affect us greatly. We miss them … and to miss someone means that their presence had a good effect on our lives. Now they’re gone we feel the pain and anguish of their absence.

My empty brain was freewheeling now with one thought following another aimlessly through the various dark recesses of my mind.

What, for me, would be the greatest thing I could ever lose; something from which I would never recover, besides my turquoise bow tie, that is?

A small voice deep into my cranium whispered:

My Faith.


  1. Amen. Losing one's faith is the worst of all.

    Likely it was your demon of a cat who stole your bow
    tie :)

    Is that a self portrait, Victor ? :)

  2. Victor, you are so right!! The sad thing is that some people, when they lose their loved ones, also lose their Faith: "I can't believe a good God who really loves me would have taken my wife, child, husband..." I've heard such things a number of times. But it our Faith that helps us survive (if only they realised).

    Perhaps it is a blessing you lost your bow tie. Does it actually match anything you wear? Then again, I can easily see you in mismatched clothes. Rather your style, I should think. God bless!

  3. Hello Mary and Sue,

    Losing one's Faith, and never regaining it because of something traumatic happening in one's life, must be awful. I hope God is so understanding and forgiving.

    Yes, it's a self-portrait. The turquoise bow tie goes well with my light orange shirt and tartan trousers. I try not to have mismatched clothes ... except socks of different color when I'm in a hurry!

    God bless.

  4. Vic, you are hilarious! Your post reminded me of my dad who used to wear bow ties.

    I've lost a lot of loved ones, including my dad, sister and son to suicide, but thankfully, God has enabled me to stay faithful. He is such a blessing, every single day, no matter what happens.

  5. Hi Debbie,

    It's great to see you visiting here. Thanx.

    Faith is very fragile. It requires Trust. Trust that Our Lord is with us no matter what happens in our lives.

    May God help us time and again when our Faith and Trust are shaken by events we cannot handle.

    God bless.

  6. Victor,

    You are right about many things here, a party is more expensive than replacing a bow tie and losing my faith...well, I can't even imagine!!!

    Another wonderful post!!

  7. Hi Victor, What happened to the post we shouldn't listen to? I was about to listen. Too late. Was it that bad?

  8. Mismatched socks are fine - the kids in the US actually do this deliberately (and, yes, I'm serious) but having a hole in the toe is a big no-no ;)

  9. Hi Sue and Mary,

    The video was too scary for me ...

    I agree that holes in the toe are definetly wrong ... in the heel is quite OK though!

    God bless.

  10. Hi Daily Grace,

    I did start buying some things for a small party then I found my bow tie ... in the fridge!

    God bless.

  11. That last sentence hit me like a ton of bricks.

    Well done!

    P.S. Sometimes I lose things on purpose just so I can have a party when I "find" them!

  12. I love how you make us laugh and then comes the zinger.
    Faith. Yes, losing my faith would be the worst of all. Thanks!

  13. Thanks for the link, Victor. I am too curious for my own good. I am quite willing to accept your judgement. Just intrigued to know why you removed the post. As it happens, I couldn't access the file for some reason to do with my computer. This is fine. I don't have to know everything! Thanks anyway!!

  14. Hi Michael, Colleen and Sue,

    Glad you enjoyed this short story. Yes, Faith would be terrible to lose.

    I've put the video back on again. Trouble with my computer got it lost.

    God bless.



God bless you.

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