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Monday Memo: Weighing Fish

Terry Walton

1/23/2023

Weighing a Fish I Was Thinking… How much does a two-pound bass weigh? It depends. My maternal grandfather had a ten-acre pond which we fished regularly. We fished it with earthworms gathered from under the leaf pile behind the garage. We fished it with cane poles. If you have ever had the privilege of fishing with a cane pole, then you know. On a cane pole, a two-pound fish feels like a much larger fish…maybe this is where the idea of ‘fish tales’ originated.  ...


Monday Memo: Objective Thought

Terry Walton

1/16/2023

Objective Thought I Was Thinking… Objective – not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts. Subjective – based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions. (Oxford Languages) As I observe our world, our church, our relationships, our spiritual maturing, I see a need for ‘objective’ thought.  ‘Subjective thought’ seems rampant and without challenge.  Birds of a feather are not just sticking together; they are flying on each other’s backs. I...


Monday Memo: Turtle Doves

Terry Walton

12/26/2022

‘Two Turtle Doves’ I Was Thinking… Merry Christmas, day two!  This is ‘turtle doves’ day.  Yesterday was a “partridge in a pear tree” first day of Christmas!  Some say that this ‘partridge’ is symbolic of the Christ-child.  I do hope your Christmas day was a day of celebration of the birth of a baby that was, is, and always will be the savior of the world…Emmanuel-God with us! In the beloved Christmas movie ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’.  Mr. Duncan, of ...


Monday Memo: Fear Not or Fear Knot

Terry Walton

12/19/2022

Fear Not or Fear Knot I Was Thinking… I have seen it all my life but this year, for some reason, it is jumping off the page at me. The angels, the messengers, were sent as the Messiah was sent to say to the Shepherds (and to us, I think) as a very first message “Fear Not!” Mathew Pinson, President of our Georgia Methodist Foundation and a dear friend, has pointed this out for me on several occasions…and, well, it sticks with me this year, unlike any year I can ...


Monday Memo: Wrong Turn

Terry Walton

12/12/2022

Wrong Turn I Was Thinking… Have you ever made a wrong turn? A few weeks ago, I made a wrong turn into an egress lane in a Publix Grocery Store parking lot. There I was, face-to-face with a car that was moving in the correct direction. I was embarrassed that I had not paid better attention. But what stung me most was the posture of the other driver. His face became angry, and his hand motions were filled with “attitude”. His lips were moving and I’m glad I couldn’t...


Monday Memo: Holy Anticipation

Terry Walton

11/7/2022

Holy Anticipation   I Was Thinking… The great teacher of preachers and once named one of the best preachers in America, Fred Craddock, told a story about his call. I think on this Monday, it bears repeating. “Ministers as a lot are strange. I learned it quite early, at summer camp at Bethany Hills. I went every year. I liked summer camp—a beautiful place, good friends, and a lot of playing and eating and having fun. There was a minister there—the first minister I ...


Monday Memo: Together is Hard

Terry Walton

10/3/2022

Together is Hard I was thinking... “We’re in this together!” Those are meaningful words when said or heard. Together is a powerful thought. It portrays the idea that we are not alone…someone else is walking with us…understands our situation…identifies with our human condition. “We’re in this together!” It seems we have finally discovered something for which we can be together. That something is a storm…Hurricane Ian. I heard it and saw it as one of the most ...


Monday Memo: Slow Down Good Bye

Terry Walton

9/26/2022

Slow Down Good-Bye I was thinking... A recent Corona beer advertising slogan caught my eye, “It’s not how fast you go, it’s how well you slow down that makes the difference!” Perhaps that spoke to me because all too often life encourages us to be in a hurry…to rush…to ‘get er’ done quickly. Most of the mistakes I have made (and I’ve made more than my share of mistakes) happen when I’m in too big of a hurry with something. “It’s not how fast you go, it’s how well ...


Monday Memo: Slow Down Good-Bye

Terry Walton

9/26/2022

Slow Down Good-Bye I was thinking...   A recent Corona beer advertising slogan caught my eye, “It’s not how fast you go, it’s how well you slow down that makes the difference!” Perhaps that spoke to me because all too often life encourages us to be in a hurry…to rush…to ‘get er’ done quickly. Most of the mistakes I have made (and I’ve made more than my share of mistakes) happen when I’m in too big of a hurry with something. “It’s not how fast you go, it’s how well ...


Monday Memo: Kissing Flowers

Terry Walton

9/6/2022

Kissing Flowers I was thinking... One of my mentors in ministry and life was the late Bob Cagle. Bob was, at least for me, the expert in camping ministry. He, his wife Brenda, and their son Hoke were a team committed to outdoor ministry that allowed for God’s creation to come alive for countless children, youth, and adults. Bob was one of those gentle souls that embodied grace and joy. I am forever grateful that our life paths crossed. He’s on my mind these days ...


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