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February 23rd, 2021
"The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it. But we will escape it only by adding something better to it." --Wendell BerryLooking for a romantic getaway for the weekend, or a place to vacation for a week this summer? Consider a house in rural Pennsylvania that has recently been turned into a quaint bed and breakfast.Would it matter to ...
Ice and Ashes
February 16th, 2021
Deciding whether or not to hold in-person worship services can be a tough, sometimes agonizing thing. This month, especially. Forecasts calling for snow or ice to be falling just as we are scheduled to be gathering...This past Saturday we made the right call for Sunday. Thanks to Archie, the parking lot and walkway up to the building were clear and we were able to get in and be together. It seemed...
Notes on Prayer
February 9th, 2021
I'll be the first to admit that prayer is a great mystery and that there's much about it that I still do not understand, even after so many years in the pulpit.My questions have at times been the same as yours:If God already knows my request before I utter it, why pray?If God has a settled will on the matter, why bother?And do I browbeat Him and cajole long enough to wear God down and bend Him to ...
Our COVID Chronicle
February 2nd, 2021
All of last week is a blur to me now. It's ten days later, and I'm ten pounds lighter. Audrey and I had a relatively "mild" case of Coronavirus, but this is the first day I actually feel like sitting down and catching up with my journal.We had both tried so hard to stay well during the pandemic. We did everything you're supposed to do. Not just social distancing and masks. Audrey would even wipe d...
"Turn on Your Heart Light Now"
January 19th, 2021
I had been so concentrating on the Coronavirus these last ten months, I guess I took my eyes off of other things just as dangerous. One of them slipped up on me.So, last Wednesday, I found myself lying on a table in the Cath Lab at INOVA Fairfax--awaiting a catheterization of my heart and arteries.It's different when it's you.It all started a few weeks ago when Audrey went behind my back and sched...
Sometimes I Hear God's Music
January 12th, 2021
"The LORD will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing.”--Zephaniah 3:17Because we were unable to meet at all for those many months, I am now working through the backlog of people awaiting baptism. And, because of an abundance of caution, I am only baptizing one person each Sunday. So that's every week now. And I am loving it.Most ...
It's Janus Time
January 5th, 2021
"The problem with most people is that they are not up to anything significant.”-- Walker PercyI love the beginning of each new year. It gives me the opportunity to do some course correcting and even to remake myself into more the person I've always wanted and intended to be. Janus, for whom many believe this month was named, was the Roman god who had two faces--one looking to the past, the other f...
A Year in the Life
December 29th, 2020
2020 Year in Review"Happiness is not another place, but this place. Not for another hour, but this hour."- Walt WhitmanA SUMMARYOne day seemed to melt into another. Weeks and months were like that, too. I could write this year of Covid off as a disaster but, re-reading my journal just now, I am reminded that there were many moments that rose up and distinguished themselves by sparking joy in my he...
Around the Christmas Tree
December 22nd, 2020
John Mark and Daniela walked into our house just as we were leaving for the concert Sunday evening. They had driven in from Texas, with overnight stops in Memphis and Bristol, and were exhausted. We left them to get refreshed, then joined them again after church for supper and a movie on Netflix. They are both working their jobs from the house this week.Last night we were featured in Carolyn Jenki...
Rewriting the Lyrics
December 15th, 2020
One of my favorite non- religious holiday songs is Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. I heard it again on the radio the other day and was struck by the line:"Let your heart be light. Next year all our troubles will be out of sight.”I thought: what an appropriate sentiment for this difficult year now ending, and our hopes for 2021. Next year our troubles will be miles away.I did a little res...