Atlanta Marietta District

Our Worst Storms

Terry Walton


Our Worst Storms I Was Thinking… What is the worst storm you’ve ever experienced?  Some have been in hurricanes and tornadoes (as was the case in South Georgia this weekend).  Others have been in blizzards and dust storms.  My worst storm would have to be the day I was struck by lightning (now I know what you’re thinking… “that explains why Terry is a little off center”).  One week in July of 1993 I was a “Summit Guide” at Camp Glisson.  My responsibility was to the 5th and 6thgraders that ...

"Peace On Earth"

Terry Walton


“Peace on Earth”   I Was Thinking…   What is the difference between a “peace-maker” and a “peace-keeper”?  The answer to such a question could hinge greatly on context but generally speaking I think there is an important difference.  Since I have arrived in this position of “Chief Missional Strategist” (the new job description for District Superintendents) I have been reading a book entitled “The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century” by Joan Chittister.  I recommend it to you ...

‘A Billy Sook’

Terry Walton


‘A Billy Sook’ I Was Thinking… With the twelve days of Christmas just completed I find myself reminiscing of Christmases past. Several Christmases ago I was given a book by our oldest son, Benji.  It is a book by Shel Silverstein entitled ‘Runny Babbit’.  I enjoy Shel Silverstein.  He authored ‘The Giving Tree’ which Sharon and I have shared with family and faith family over the years.  ‘Runny Babbit’ points out the importance of the order of letters in words.  To get letters out of order ...

"Slow Down and Pay Attention"

Terry Walton


“Slow Down and Pay Attention” I Was Thinking… K-Mart Department Stores used to have the ‘blue light special’.  It was a blue light located in a particular place in the store.  When it was flashing particular items near the light were reduced in price.  A voice would sound over the store’s public announcement system “Visit our blue light special on isle 15 for the deal of the day”.  It was creative and effective. Well, I experienced another type of ‘blue light special’ a week before Christmas....

“Only One Question”

Terry Walton


“Only One Question” I Was Thinking… I picked up a book not too long ago by Alexandra Horowitz entitled “Inside Of A Dog”.  It struck my attention because Sharon and I have two Havanese pups…our furry children.  Caya and Luie keep us laughing and loving even when the world would dictate otherwise.  Sometimes Luie is challenging and keeps us wondering if he’ll ever fully be potty-trained.  Sharon is not as much a dog person as I am which is understandable after all “a dog is man’s friend”. I’ve ...

“Wasted Gifts”

Terry Walton


“Wasted Gifts” I Was Thinking… NBC News reported that over $1 Billion dollars of gift cards were never used in 2015.  Either their expiration date slipped up on the potential user or they were lost or they were forgotten.  Whatever the reason…$1 Billion dollars is a lot of dough to waste! My first thought was “No wonder retailers love to offer ‘gift cards’.” They get the money up front with a chance that the products will never leave their shelves…free money for them!   My second thought was a ...

“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 ...

"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 ...

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 ...

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