District Executive Minister

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

Babies are delightful!! Oh yes, I know they cry and they pee and they poop. I have had two of them myself! However, when they are dry and fed and happy, they are so much fun to watch and to make faces at! And what is more, as they grow a bit, they are, above … read on

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

Have you ever done a grape stomp? That is one of the things on my bucket list!! About two-thirds of the way across Missouri going west to east on Interstate 70, there is a sign listing a small local vineyard that every fall holds a “grape stomp.” And I just think that would be a … read on

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

We do it every Sunday, this simple, little ritual.  And you know, of course, that it is rituals that ground our lives. 

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

From 3:00 p.m. on I was, as my mother loved to say, “busier than a one-armed paper hanger with the itch.” Of course, this little saying may not make much sense now because so few people paper the rooms of their home anymore! I set the table with my woven placemats, my most fun and … read on

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

January is here. Another year past. And the memories crowd back. All the things done. All the things undone. All the times I wish I had done something. All the times I wish I had not done something. And among the things I was thinking was a program I recently heard on “gratitude.”

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

The stirring strains of Modest Mussorgsky’s great “Pictures from an Exhibition” caused me to sit bolt upright!

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

Witness the grandeur of the mountains! They soar and sing their song of magnificence! Stand under a waterfall! It splashes the wonder of God onto your waiting skin! Listen to the quiet or the crashing tones of a symphony orchestra! Somehow, some way, the music takes one to places of new joy, new insight, new … read on

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

Wendell Berry is a Kentucky farmer. He has been on the same land for 40 years, give or take a few, and he has strong opinions about how farming should be done.

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

I was just thinking about shaving cream bottles, toothpaste tubes, and Cheez Whiz containers!

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

I was just thinking about nothing at all. For this afternoon, I was in a fog of unknowing that was not producing anything of substance. No idea, no great new thought came to my mind to share with you. Then, I wondered, what if I wrote about nothing at all?