Pastor Don's Journal

03312020 ramblin...with don davidson
March 31st, 2020
Lots of time on my hands these days gives me plenty of time to think. Even late into the night various thoughts spew out onto the page of my journal, in no particular order--My annual A Year in the Life column will be much briefer in late December 2020. No traveling, and every day very similar to the last-- or the next--all clumping together. Picking a favorite movie will be tougher, though....Pre...
03242020 I Preach, Therefore I Am
March 24th, 2020
There are people who derive a lot of their self-worth from the work that they do. They are their profession. And so each day they drive or Metro in to the office and get it done, feeling, at the end of that day, that they have contributed something to make life better for their family and their community.Staying home for days on end, and not doing what they are called and paid to do, leaves them f...
031720 From a Distance
March 18th, 2020
I stopped by Barnes & Noble on Saturday to pick up a good book to read this coming week. My selection: Every Drop of Blood, an account of the second inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, by Edward Achorn. Not just the famous address-- the finest ever delivered by a US President-- but the entire event and what swirled around it, only a few weeks before the assassination. I'm just a few pages in by now b...
03/10/2020
March 10th, 2020
Pastor Don’s Journal3/10/2020"The Sound of Silence"It may well be true that God sometimes speaks with a "still small voice"--but that simply will not do for the preacher. I have to have a voice strong and loud enough to be heard. With so much confusion and noise in today's world, it seems that the louder and clearer the better.And that's been my problem this week. A cold led to laryngitis and over...
September 24, 2019 - A Few Words about Saying a Few Words
March 5th, 2020
A young friend told me that she is taking a public speaking class at the university. I felt compelled to share with her some of my own thoughts on that subject. Recently I was seated beside someone who actually teaches communication skills to corporate leaders, and I did the same. What nerve!Besides a preaching class at seminary many years ago, I don't recall taking any other public speaking class...
October 1, 2019 - A Man Alone
March 5th, 2020
"Don't Worry 'Bout me, I'll Get Along" That's the Sinatra lyric (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHAIZqYHPpA) that I always sing or say to Audrey when she is heading out the door and leaving on a trip. And that's been a lot lately. Israel earlier in the year. Bulgaria on a mission trip. Another journey with a dear friend. And Hillsville, Virginia, for the big "flea market" over Labor Day weekend.T...
October 8, 2019 - ramblin' ...with don davidson
March 5th, 2020
This is the title of a column I regularly wrote for my high school newspaper. I revive it occasionally now to map some "stream of conscious" thoughts---October may be my favorite month (or at least I think so today): the crispness beginning to show up in the air, leaves, the Fall Festival, Halloween, my birthday. The only drawback is that I often struggle with allergies during these days... It's a...
October 15, 2019 - Man in the Mirror
March 5th, 2020
"Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies go himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he cannot distinguish the truth within him or around him, and so loses respect for himself."- Fyodor Dostoevsky Truth seems to be in ever-diminishing supply these days. It's hard to know what to believe when accounts of the same event or conversation vary two or three ways. We want to b...
October 22, 2019 - Homecoming In Danville
March 5th, 2020
"You Can't Go Home Again" That's what Thomas Wolfe once wrote. He was wrong, though. You can go home. And every now and then you must.To return to places and moments that have been significant in your life. To remember and be strengthened for the days yet ahead. To retrace your steps and go back to where you met your spouse, for example—or where you made your commitment to Christ. Occasionally I g...
October 29, 2019 - America\'s Pastime
March 5th, 2020
A good case of "baseball fever" has gotten me this season with the National's unexpected success. I was able to be at the game on October 15 when they clinched the championship from St Louis, and I have watched on television every inning of every other game in that series. Now in the World Series, too. And I haven't given up hope, either-- even though these last three games haven't ended well. I'l...

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