Pastor Don's Journal Articles
ramblin' with don davidson
A little stream-of-consciousness this morning as the day begins and distractions start to pile up --
…Yesterday's snow was just exactly right! The trees were beautifully frosted and yet the roads and walkways were clear. Hardly any schedules were disrupted...I suppose we will have a bigger and more troublesome one later, before the winter is through...
...For me, the perfect time for a snow storm would be on a Sunday afternoon, after a great morning at church...And we had a great morning this past Sunday: over 1,000 present for worship and 7 people presenting themselves for church membership!
...We will be having the LORD's Supper this Sunday, February 5 -- the bread and the cup distributed to remind us of Christ's sacrifice...We will not be "streaming" these last two weeks in the sanctuary as the cameras have already been dismantled and moved to the FAC. There will be a streamed service at 11 AM both weeks, but it will have to be pre-recorded...Make plans to be physically present with us.
...Whether you approve of, or abhor, the President's recent executive order about immigrants and refugees, always be Christian in your personal dealings with people from other countries and religions. Muslims and other Middle Easterners, Hispanics, too, are genuinely frightened right now and worried about their future. A smile and word of encouragement from you could go a long way. Remember that Jesus was both an immigrant and a refugee when He came to earth, and surely He cares about the persecuted and displaced in our world today.
...TIP OF THE DAY: To remember your nighttime dreams so you can tell them the next day, drink three full glasses of water before you go to bed. Water, not wine -- as alcohol suppresses REM sleep, the best kind for dreams. The water will have you up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and this will help with dream recall. Before you go to sleep, repeat several times the phrase: “I’m going to remember my dreams". When you wake up, don't move or say a word, but lie there for a few minutes with your eyes closed. Re-play the dream in your mind. This will store it in another part of the brain. Then get up and, in a notebook kept beside the bed, write down as much as you can recall....We all dream -- it's just that we don't usually remember them.
...One of the worst moments ever in live television was at last year's Miss Universe pageant when the host, Steve Harvey, misread the card and announced the wrong winner. I hadn't been watching the show, but flipped channels to it at that precise moment. As someone who regularly stands in front of people and has to think on his feet, I could imagine how devastated Harvey was at his mistake. I really thought that he would never be involved in a program like this again....YET, on Sunday night he was back there, in the Philippines, MC-ing Miss Universe again...With humility, good humor, and grace. If he hadn't done it this year, he never could have again in the future...That's how you survive an embarrassing failure. You pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.
.... Have a favorite TV or radio news outlet? Yeah, so do I. But lately I've been switching channels a little more frequently, trying to get different perspectives on the events of the day. A little FOX, then a dose of MSNBC. The Washington Post, then Kelly Riddell at the Washington Times....In our polarized society it is important to hear all sides of the argument and to talk regularly (and respectfully) with people who do not agree with us.
..."The Bible does not want to give you information", says William Willimon. “It wants to change you". That's why we come to Bible Fellowship on Sundays, and read it on our own during the week. Not just so we can fill our brains with more facts but so that the Holy Spirit can use the Holy Scriptures to bring about change in our lives.
...Time for my second cup of coffee and the beginnings of next Sunday's sermon.