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Archives for December 2016
Text: Matthew 3:1-12
Every family has one—that is a John the Baptist. In my family it was my uncle Grayson. Uncle Grayson, well how should I say it, was just a bit odd. Without exception, and for all occasions, he wore light colored wrangler jeans, a flannel shirt and wide suspenders. Like all of my mother’s brothers, of which there were four, his girth made the suspenders necessary. He was tall like my grandfather—an imposing man to a young child (and to most adults for that matter). For as long as I had known him, his hair was white and thick like a fresh snow-capped mountain. And unlike the other men in the family, Uncle Grayson wore his hair a bit longer. Not ponytail length, but longer than normal. The way in which he styled this beautiful head of hair can best be describe like that of the most famous preacher in the South at that time—the Reverend Billy Graham. [Read more…]
One of my mentors often asks me, “Nancy, how are you taking care of yourself?” I’m not sure why the question catches me off guard every time, but it does. A few weeks ago he asked again, and I felt a lump rise in my throat and an ache in the pit of my stomach. I knew I didn’t have an answer, and just hearing the question this time brought strong emotions that I could feel in my body, soul and spirit. After stumbling around for something to say but knowing the emptiness of my words, I resolved to take the question seriously. [Read more…]
As I strive to compose this blog on Joy, I admit that I have no fully-developed theological treatise on the subject – only observations and wonderings.
In fact, my first observation is that it is psychology instead of theology that would most adequately speak to the subject. (Since I am not a psychologist, I’ll have to continue with my few observations and many wonderings.)
Is there such a thing as “inner Joy” that is a constant part of life, always with us – or is Joy something we surprisingly experience only on particularly happy occasions? Or is it both? [Read more…]
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