Pastor Don's Journal

Thanks for Asking
July 7th, 2020
It's time to regather! After four months of streaming only, we are ready now to come back together on King Street as First Baptist Church of Alexandria. Circle Sunday, July 26, on your calendar and plan to be with us at either 9 or 11 AM.Here are some questions I have received since the announcement was made on Friday---Q. Why wait until the 26th? Let's start now.A. Well, I like your enthusiasm. B...
Two Left Feet
June 30th, 2020
Yes, Audrey does do a lot of the clothes shopping for me. She has a greater sense of style and appropriate color combinations and keeps up with the latest fashion trends--down to my bright and multi-colored socks.Last week she brought home a new pair of shoes for me to try. I put one of them on to make sure that it fit. It did. Then I put it back in the box and into the closet. On Saturday I took ...
He Tried
June 23rd, 2020
Audrey and I were in the car for a long ride recently and among the things we talked about was which one of us might die first. Naturally, because I'm a bit older than her, and a man, the odds are that it will be me."You must promise me one thing", I said. "Use some of that insurance money to buy a nice stone."My wife looked at her ring finger, smiled, and said, "Oh, I will. I will.”I meant a tomb...
What Will Happen Next?
June 16th, 2020
A pandemic, economic collapse, and racial injustice with a face and a name.Do bad things really happen in threes?That's the proverbial wisdom, and it sometimes seems that way, but-- No, they do not. We like to look for patterns in the things that come our way. With "confirmation bias,” we pick-and-choose information that confirms what we already believe and then we overlook everything else. It's j...
ramblin'...with don davidson
June 9th, 2020
My thoughts are racing with this morning's coffee. I've been scribbling them down to share as they come, in a kind of stream-of-consciousness...A book that has really helped me better understand the racial justice issue is Stony The Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, And The Rise of Jim Crow, by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. I also recently saw the movie, Just Mercy, a true story il...
The National Crisis
June 2nd, 2020
Tipping point-n., the critical point in an evolving situation that leads to a new and irreversible development.Events in the Spring of 2020 may well have brought our nation to a "tipping point,” a time when things are forced to change. This often happens for the good of a society--but not always.The Covid-19 pandemic has caused us to re-think the way we work, educate our children, socialize, and w...
A Tattoo Artist
May 26th, 2020
I have never had a tattoo on my body, although every time we go down to Daytona I tell Audrey that I think it's about time. There are parlors everywhere and "it would be discreet.” I'm not really serious, of course, but...What I do have are age spots. Brown, oddly shaped markings on my face and chest. They aren't caused by age, actually, but by too many years of very unwise, unprotected sun-bathin...
As Time Goes By
May 19th, 2020
"You must remember this A Kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh. The fundamental things apply As time goes by."  --Herman HulfeldThere has been speculation that the kiss may not survive the Coronavirus pandemic. Not the romantic kiss that comes at the end of a wedding ceremony, or in the final seconds of a Hallmark movie-- but the pecks on each cheek, a common greeting in European countries. ...
You'll Never Walk Alone
May 12th, 2020
When you walk through a storm, it is encouraging to know that you are not by yourself. Others are with you, by your side, ready to accompany you on the journey for as long as it takes. We all need help sometimes, and it is during the darkest of these moments that we come to understand that total self-reliance is just a myth.I love the account of Moses standing atop a hill, watching his people figh...
Man Proposes, God Disposes
May 5th, 2020
That's the title of a famous 1864 painting by Edwin Landseer. It depicts an ill-fated exploration of the Northwest Passage, led by Sir John Franklin in the 1850s.The actual expression has roots in pre-Christian mythology, though, and may be linked to a verse in the Old Testament:"Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.” -- Proverbs 19:21The meaning is ob...

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