Jan 14, 2010


There I was with my dog walking through Cienega Creek Preserve. This was strange because Emily and I don't walk through the preserve that often. But she turned and looked at me and... started to chirp. Every few seconds she just looked at me and chirped. That was even stranger because I have never heard her chirp either. But slowly my mind cleared and realized I wasn't in Cienega Creek. I was safe and sound in my bed but something was chirping. It was the smoke alarm.


Apparently smoke alarms are designed so that when the battery begins to lose power, they will emit a very loud chirping noise. Every 60 seconds or so, the alarm will chirp to let you know that it is time to change the battery. This is a great safety feature. However, it can really upset you when the chirping happens at 3:00 in the morning... the night before Christmas.


Since it is literally impossible to sleep with a loud chirping noise (and it is mildly upsetting to see your dog chirp) I decided to do something about it. I climbed up on the dresser and removed the battery from the alarm. I climbed back into bed and... chirp. Did you know that if you take a battery out of the smoke alarm it will still work? I don't know what genius came up with that design! Why would anyone want a smoke alarm that chirps when there is no battery? I got up again and threw the smoke alarm between two bean-bag chairs in the garage.


I should be grateful. I know that many lives have been saved by smoke alarms. But believe it or not, I don't ever remember changing smoke alarm batteries. I am told that we should pick some date that is important and then write on the calendar, “change smoke alarm batteries”. I guess there is a campaign to change the battery when we switch to Daylight Saving Time. But since we live in Arizona and don't celebrate Daylight Saving Time, that isn't such a good date.


I have decided that the best date will be Christmas. Every year at Christmas I will change the batteries on my smoke detector. This will be a gift to my family. It will also be a reminder that because of the Christ Child, I won't have to live eternally in a place where smoke detectors will go off all the time.


Jennifer went to Walgreen's and purchased six nine-volt batteries. It took about 30 minutes to change them out. It actually took longer to get the ladder out of the garage. But now it is done for another year.


May God richly bless you in 2010. I appreciate all of you!





Pastor David Hook

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