Atlanta Marietta District


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Yesterday we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.  It caused me to reflect.   Have you seen the movie “The Help”?  I read the book and after reading it, I could hardly wait to see the movie.  I was not disappointed.  I laughed and I cried—I was moved.   How could we have been so blind to our sins during the Civil Rights days?  While for some there were the black maids and nannies that became family.  For others, it was a most degrading time.  For some it was an ...

‘Feed the Good Wolf’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I can still hear him as he seeks to sound just like an older and wiser Native American.  One of my fishing buddies loves to tell stories in first person with an attempt at drama through a borrowed brogue.   As we sit by the fire on a fishing trip he begins “I teach my grandson about life as I tell him this story: ‘A fight is going on inside me.  It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves.  One is evil and the other is good’.  Then I look at my grandson with great ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… In the 1970’s on a Waynesville, Ohio farm a letter was discovered as a family was rummaging through a great-grandfather’s keepsakes.  The four-time academy award nominee, Ethan Hawke’s great-grandfather had died, and the family enjoyed reminiscing through his belongings.  The letter was dated ‘Cornwall, 1483’.  It was tattered and worn but legible enough to offer wonderful wisdom inheritances to the family.  Ethan Hawke is a descendant to the noble Hawkes of Cornwall.  Sir ...

‘Presence in 2019’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Henri Nouwen was a Dutch Catholic Priest, professor, writer and theologian.  I first learned of Dr. Nouwen while in seminary and find his reflections very insightful.  He offers profound wisdom concerning a phrase he often used… ‘ministry of presence’.  “More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live with them.  It is a privilege to have the ...

‘Blue Christmas’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… It was 1957 that Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson wrote the song popularized by Elvis Presley entitled ‘Blue Christmas’.  A song about one’s love being absent on Christmas has been enjoyed by millions of people.  “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.  I’ll be so blue just thinking about you.  Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree.  Won’t be the same dear, if you’re not hear with me.” On this Christmas Day, I am thinking of a different sort of ‘blue Christmas’.  Having ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Did you see the article in last Wednesday’s AJC about the flood in Westonnen, Germany?  Floods are terrible messes that bring great devastation.  Floods require months and, in some cases, years of recovery.  I have shared in recovery efforts after devastating floods…it is a painful process for those surprised by rising waters. However, the flood in Westonnen, Germany is a flood that I would have enjoyed…maybe you too.  You see just before 8 PM on Monday, December 10 liquid ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… How are we being the church to the world?  With a ‘boat-load’ of unchurched, de-churched, done-churched’ in our communities this is the primary question.  Where there is ineffectiveness in reaching the broken, hurting and lost, then it is imperative that we think in new and innovative ways.  This week’s ‘re:Vision’ article in our North Georgia Conference weekly is a result of death to resurrection…we are going to see more of this in the days, weeks, months and years to come.  We...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I found an article I wrote seven years ago hidden away in a file.  I read it and my heart was warmed all over again.  So in this second week of Advent I thought I’d share my heart warming experience with you.  There is excitement at our house.  We have our first grand-pets.  Caroline (age 3) and Luke (age 1) now have two fish.  One is named ‘Happy’ and the other is named ‘Silly’.  It was an exciting phone call I received this past Sunday afternoon to announce these new members ...

“Do What You Can’t”

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… “Just do what you can!”  This is a phrase that I have heard in a variety of circumstances across the years.  As a stock clerk at Colonial Food Stores, Mr. Holston, the grocery store manager would say to us “You won’t be able to stock all the shelves tonight so ‘just do what you can’.”  Mrs. Jones my 10th grade biology teacher was notorious for ‘pop quizzes’ in which she would say to the class “You will not get all the answers correct so ‘do the best that you can’.  I would ...

‘Saying the Right Thing’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Life according to Peanuts can be exactly what we need to hear.  Several years ago just before Thanksgiving Day, there was a Peanuts comic strip that pictured Lucy feeling sorry for herself and lamenting, “My life is a drag.  I’m completely fed up.  I’ve never felt so low in my life.”   Her little brother Linus tries to console her and says, “Lucy, when you’re in a mood like this, you should try and think of things you have to be thankful for; in other words, count your ...

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