“More alike than unalike.”

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… During this Advent Season I share with you one of my favorite modern poems by Maya Angelou.  I hear the baby Jesus in her words.  Listen…   Human Family I note the obvious differences in the human family. Some of us are serious, some thrive on comedy. Some declare their lives are lived as true profundity, and others claim they really live the real reality. The variety of our skin tones can confuse, bemuse, delight, brown and pink and beige and purple, tan and blue and white. ...

"Quotes and Sound-bites"

Terry Walton


“Quotes and Sound-bites” I Was Thinking… There have been a few things I’ve read or heard lately that have inspired me.  For example I was recently reminded of a quote of the great football coach Vince Lombardi who said “Fatigue makes cowards out of us all!”  After these days of some Thanksgiving relaxation I realize how tired we can become without realizing the fatigue.  It is important to take time to reset, sleep well and simmer in the beauty of life.  Rest is critical to the best in all of ...

Just Thinking... And Being Thankful

Dana Everhart


Yes, I'm thinking about how thankful I am to God for all God's goodness to me.  As is my tradition I wish to take this space to offer reasons for gratitude to Almighty God. I hope you will find your own reasons to share thanks this Thursday and every day. I am thankful for the gift of salvation that keeps on giving and giving. I am thankful for the power of the Holy Spirit who keeps using two by fours to get my attention. I am thankful for the United Methodist Church where I am able to live ...

"Be Kind"

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… Abraham Heschel once wrote, “When I was young I admired clever people.  Now that I am older, I admire kind people.”  Life has a way of changing our perspective along the journey.  I am amazed that “kindness” is mentioned as one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in Paul’s letter to the Galatians (5:22ff).  It seems that the need for “kindness” should be obvious to the person of faith and not need to be listed on such a holy list.  But the longer I live, the more I understand how ...

Just Thinking... And Reflecting after the Election

Dana Everhart


I thought you might like to see a letter from Bishop Ough, President of the Council of Bishops, to President-elect Donald Trump.  Dear President-elect Trump:   On behalf of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, I offer congratulations to you, Mr. Trump, upon your election as the 45th president of the United States.  Further, I thank Secretary Hillary Clinton for the gracious way she has accepted the voters’ decision.   The Council’s prayers are for you, your wife, Melania, and ...

Right Place at the Right Time

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Does the name Steve Bartman mean anything to you?  If you are a baseball fan then you know that Steve Bartman was the Chicago Cubs fan that reached out to catch a foul ball in the National League Championship Series in 2003.  It looked like the Cubs were on their way to a World Series only to have a fan interfere with a foul ball not allowing Moises Alou to catch the ball.  Many believe that interference by Steve Bartman created a domino effect that caused the Cubs to lose and ...

Just Thinking ... About God's Generosity

Dana Everhart


When I think back over my life, I am blessed to see the hands of God showering me with the extravagant generosity of God's love and God's purposes for me. I see where the goodness of God showered me with individuals who walked with me for a season. I can still hear Dr. Ray Harrison, my pastor at Brandon First UMC, who confirmed me at age 9 and who stood by me as the Board of Ordained Ministry in Florida deferred me on my first attempt at ordination. God placed Ray in my life for so many years ...

The Grass is Greener

Terry Walton


The Grass is Greener I Was Thinking… “We live in a competitive society that focuses on making it.  Baseball players live for the day they make it to the big leagues.  Business people climb the corporate ladder with the hope of someday being the CEO or chairman of the board…The individual will have made it; he/she will have arrived.  But the idea of arriving is an illusion.  Our society is filled with people who arrive somewhere only to find themselves as discontented as they were before they ...

Just Thinking... and Casting a Vote

Dana Everhart


Just Thinking ...   I voted! Yes, I left work on Wednesday a little bit early and made my way into the bowels of Gwinnett County to the Central Office for Voter Registration to cast my vote early. There was a line wrapped around the front, waiting inside those barricades that look like cow channels to the big barn. It only took around 20 minutes to get inside. Once inside it was a breeze to get my yellow card and to find an empty voting booth. When I finished my civic duty, I got a hug from the ...

Kitchen Table Conversations

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I was reared in a United Methodist Local Pastor’s home.  My youngest memory is of dad serving the six churches on the Forsyth Circuit.  Dad was appointed next to the Pomona/Mt.Zion Charge in Griffin.  During my formative years of life and faith it was the people of the small church that nurtured my heart and soul. In a Pastor’s home there are ‘kitchen table conversations’ about the church.  From mom’s critique of dad’s sermons to that cantankerous church member that just doesn’t ...

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