ramblin'...with don davidson

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Coming off of a long and pleasant Thanksgiving week, I'm just letting my thoughts scribble themselves onto the page today---

300 adults and children attended our Thanksgiving celebration at FBCA last Tuesday night. The food was delicious and the program was excellent. Our speaker, Erin Mullen, really gripped our hearts with her story of faith and courage... Winston Churchill wrote: "Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others."

...There were tears around our table on Thursday as our guests and I shared the things for which we are most grateful this year. For me it was the opportunity I had to re-connect with friends from previous churches I have served-- giving and receiving encouragement for the rest of the journey....My reading over the weekend: Leadership In War, by historian Andrew Roberts (Viking Press, 2019)-- a look at some of the military and political leaders who shaped history....

A friend gave Audrey the Amazon Echo for her birthday last week and I promptly took it over and have been having fun with "Alexa" ever since. It's nice to have music favorites, and news and weather updates, just by asking out loud for them. But it does make me a little nervous. When I have something private to say to my wife, I now gesture for her to join me in another room --or we whisper.

...Joe McKeever gives some good advice for preachers: In Christmas sermons don't think you have to be creative and fancy, he says-- just tell the story! The beauty of that amazing and mysterious narrative will carry it through every time... We are looking at "The Miracles Of Christmas" this month-- all from Matthew's gospel-- and I'll be doing just that....

Here's the quote from the poet Mary Oliver that I mentioned in my sermon on angels this past Sunday--
"I'll just leave you with this. I don't care how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It's enough to know that for some people they exist, and that they dance. "

... We enjoyed lunch after church on Sunday with one of our Bible Fellowship classes. They invited us to join them at the Mount Vernon Inn. No matter what else I order there, I always start with a cup of their peanut soup. A Virginia classic!...Right after eating we dashed to the Jefferson Funeral Home so I could speak at their annual Service of Remembrance. My message was all about HOPE, and I'll share it at First Baptist sometime in the future.

... The older I get, the more I think I am returning to the way I was in my college days many years ago. The way I look at so many things. I wonder if that is normal?

Christmas plans this year: To enjoy every special service at FBCA, especially the music on Sunday night, December 15, and the candlelight communion services on Christmas Eve. John Mark and Daniela will be in from Austin, Texas-- and then we go to Florida together for a few days at the beach.

..."Alexa, play a little Bing Crosby."
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