Pastor Don's Journal

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...
Stop, In the Name of Love
April 28th, 2020
Sunday's are the strangest for me now. It has always been the first day and the central day of my week, certainly these last 47 years that I have been pastoring. Patterns, rhythms and rituals followed without much variation. Studying and preparing the message all week--then the climax emotionally as I have stood to deliver it on the LORD's Day. But since we now record the sermon at my house on Wed...
Virtual Reality
April 21st, 2020
We are living in a virtual world these days. I spend a part of every week in Zoom committee and staff meetings, and catching up on FaceTime with friends in New York and Europe, and family in Texas. On Saturday I attended a Men's Breakfast online. On Sundays, Audrey and I go to Bible Fellowship together (something we never get to do!). Our teacher is in Arizona and class members are scattered from ...
Lessons in a Time of Pandemic
April 14th, 2020
Even though life for most of us is resembling the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day, this Covid-19 pandemic is still teaching me some important lessons. Here are some of the things I'm learning, in no particular order--1. A shared crisis can bring out the worst in people (like price gouging, large parties and public worship services in defiance of government mandates) -- but also the very best, too....
When There Are Few Words--Try These
April 7th, 2020
On a night in the spring of 1971, soul-singer Bill Withers was in a music studio, recording a new song, Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CICIOJqEb5c). It would go on to be one of the greatest hit this singer would ever have, and a favorite of mine from then until now.The most memorable part of the song, of course, comes in the middle--the long repetition of just o...
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...

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