April 7th, 2022 by Erica Stephenson
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 10:28
It was the summer of 2020 when these words from Jesus penetrated my heart differently than they had before. Was it really true that Jesus was saying that I just needed to be weary and to be carrying heavy burdens to receive this rest?
I was about to put this new question to the test.
March 29th, 2022 by Nancy Lambert
What would you grab if your house was on fire?
Many people asked me that question after my house burned down on Christmas of 1989.
“What did you grab?” people inquired as they painfully thought of all the things they would grab on the way out of the house.
These were things they couldn’t live without.
Before I answer that question, let me take a minute to give you background on this story.
March 21st, 2022 by Barb Buffington
Have you ever looked down at your gas gauge and thought, Uh oh! The orange light is on and looks like the tank is on Empty!
Moving along on fumes to get the gas station usually works, but there was one time (that I will admit) when Carl and I did indeed run out of gas and had to walk home.
Granted, it was just about a mile walk, but when you’re wearing heels and it’s a hot Florida summer night, that can be a long walk! An empty gas tank is an easy “empty” to fix – go get the gas can, fill the tank, and you are back in business.
Personal emptiness is so much more difficult than an empty gas tank.
March 18th, 2022 by Abigail Buffington
Several weeks ago, I attended the funeral of my boyfriend’s grandfather, a dearly beloved old man. On the back of the bulletin, his wife chose to inscribe one of their favorite quotes, which she thought fitting:
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world could ever satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” - C.S. Lewis
When I noticed the quote, I stared at it for a whole minute in surprise. For several years, since I first read it, this has been one of my favorite lines, and it echoes in my head quite often. This spring, more often than usual.
February 24th, 2021 by Christopher Caudle
A Bowl of Fruity Pebbles.
Saturday Morning cartoons sometimes had accessorizing cereals, and one of the most deliciously disgusting is Fruity Pebbles. These colorful rice smushings have been sugared and marketed with great success for over a generation.
I thought about Fruity Pebbles yesterday after Mark’s gospel account of Jesus’ temptation. Temptation is by definition tempting, and it presents itself to us in a variety of colorful, sweet, immediate ways.
And, unlike Jesus’ successful refusal to turn stones into bread, temptation’s victory over us can leave us feeling as though we’ve just eaten a bowl full of rocks.
February 23rd, 2021 by Barb Buffington
When you think about hospitality, what comes to mind? Perhaps a fine hotel, or going to see a wonderful friend, or perhaps family, or maybe going to a friend’s house for dinner…
When I think about it, a word that comes to mind is belonging, and I want to share how I see these as intertwined, share a few stories, and hopefully spark something in you as we move forward from this COVID season.
This past year we have all experienced the loss of community, and we have realized the importance of connection and relationships. Where does this leave us as we move through 2021?
February 17th, 2021 by Carl Buffington
Mammon thinks it rules.
Money and the lust for it, and the power of it, sure seems to be king in our world. Listen to what is important news:
“Elon Musk passed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as richest man in the world last week. Musk’s net worth this week stood at $183.8 billion, $1.4 billion ahead of Bezos.”
Makes you want to say “Alleluia” doesn’t it? Except in Lent, of course.
March 2nd, 2018 by Carl Buffington