First, in the aftermath of these horrific shootings, finger-pointing is not helpful and only more divisive.

It was a quick, foolhardy decision born of a country girl who wanted to see more of the world than pasture fences, cows and hayfields. I came to regret it during all the nights I cried, homesick for all of that as well as the bullfrogs, crickets and dirt roads.

At least once a day, I think of something Mama taught me — like how to match checks and stripes when I sewed.

Isaiah 35:1-2 reads “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing:… they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.”

If what Jesus taught us about life after death is true, if you are under a minister who only gives you “the good news,” you are risking an eternity of suffering for a temporary blissfulness.


Folks who have been around church life for any length of time can often testify that the doors might be locked and the windows slammed shut, yet the devil will still manage to get inside. Call it a church split. Call it a church fight. Call it the topic of the latest book written by Conyers author Dr. Joe Lester.

Some of us find joy by taking time from our busy lives to observe the fascinating creation God has provided. From today’s wildflower we can observe the great diversity of God’s creation and how we are enriched by that. Diversity as a given in nature should lead us to recognize that the diver…

I usually pay attention to the messages on church signs. In them I often find a good reminder of some truth or biblical principle.

Really now, where would we be if it were not for the long suffering patience of God in dealing with us difficult human beings?

Too many go ahead and do what they want to do, even what they know is wrong or questionable. They prefer to rely on God’s forgiveness rather than to risk God telling them “no” and their missing out on doing it.

We all need the words and routines that remind us that there is a deeper meaning to life, that there is a God who loves us and cares for us and surrounds us with grace and mercy. 

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