This is a noisy place to live

Print Article

Rev. Walter Klockers

The parsonage is across the street from McCosh Park. It is great having a wonderful piece of nature right next door.

However, the other side of this is that we have to deal with all the people who visit the park.

On Saturdays, from May to October, there is the Farmers Market. There are many people who park their cars in the lot across the street and then move to the booths. When this happens, all that activity causes noise that carries all the way over to the house.

The water park has lots of children splashing in the water and slipping down the slides. You can hear that from our yard.

Then there are the concerts at the amphitheater. I have my favorite music genres. If certain others are represented, I have to admit, it may be rough on the ears.

What about the enthusiastic volleyball players? They are a chatty bunch and celebrate each point. I used to love to play volleyball when I was in college, but my body is too old to do so now. Was I ever that noisy when I played?

If you want to talk about noise, you can’t beat the annual fireworks display on the Fourth of July. Those patriotic blasts can shake and rattle windows.

Lions Field is also a stone’s throw from the front porch. We have become accustomed to hearing the National Anthem often. Also, after hearing a few seasons of football from over there, I believe I can do a fairly good imitation of “Touchdown, Chiefs!”

Spring Fest is always interesting. I am thankful that the carnival shuts down at 10 p.m. Those rides, and the screaming that goes along with them, fill the air. The Moonlight Parade adds to the decibels.

So, it turns out, we live in a noisy neighborhood.

Actually, when it comes right down to it, I really don’t mind the noise.

Psalm 150: verses 3-6 reads “Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”

So, actually, what is important in life may require making a lot of noise. I’m good with that.

Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 25 years.

Print Article

Read More Religion

Finding the sweet spot for happiness

September 21, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald It’s that time of year again, mid-September, when temperatures both inside and outside of our homes fluctuate between warm and cool. There is nothing extreme. However, conditions may convince us to ...


Read More

We are beggars, that is true

September 14, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald Church reformer Martin Luther died in the year 1546 at age 62. Beside his deathbed was a desk that had a piece of paper with writing on it. There were just over 100 words written, the last being, “...


Read More

Hearing the benefits of a silent night

September 07, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald A few weeks ago, our family took a vacation in the country. That first night, both Jeanne and I woke up around 3 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep. We didn’t have a clue as to why. Then I asked ...


Read More

Is there a climate change of the soul?

August 31, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald I’m going to give you some words and you tell me what you think about them: climate change. What comes to mind when you see these words? Do you think that they represent a hoax? Do you think those...


Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2018 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy