Tin Man — by Irma Crutchfield

“But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for You. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You.” Psalms 5:11 (NIV)

The water tower in Alamo Heights was built the 1927 and later christened “The Tin Man”. It received the name because the top of the tower resembled the cap that the Tin Man wore in the movie The Wizard of Oz. Disassembled on January 29, 2012 because it was less expensive to dismantle it than to give it a upgrade.

My father worked part time for the city of Alamo Heights doing assorted jobs. One of them was changing the light bulb on the top of the water tower. Around Christmas time, he’d take the light bulb and put it in his pants pocket and climb the steep narrow ladder towards the top of the tower. That led him to another ladder which took him to the pointy cap. My mother would watch. She closed her eyes, and praised the Lord to keep him safe as He always had. I watched because I was proud of his courage and fearlessness. He had the power of my mother’s prayers behind him.

After changing the bulb, he would look down at the gathering crowd and assumed the stance of a champion with his arms raised in triumph yelling, “Merry Christmas.”. He joyfully waved to the crowd and began the long climb back down.

Rejoice. I see your face and your light. I am overcome by your presence. The Glory of your goodness, has filled this heart. What a wonderful feeling to trust in You. Rejoice!

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One Response to Tin Man — by Irma Crutchfield

  1. Irma; I enjoyed your devotion, and it’s a reminder to all who read it that our childhood memories are especially precious when we get older.

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