Pastor Don's Journal
Have I Ever Told You?
August 4th, 2020
"As you get older it's more difficult to have heroes, but just as necessary."-- Ernest HemingwayI have always had heroes—people who are models for me of the kind person I have wanted to be. Some I have observed up close and with whom I have had meaningful conversations. But most of them I have known only through books. Starting from childhood and daily visits to Suffolk's Morgan Memorial Library i...
It Was a Very Good Year
July 28th, 2020
I don't know, maybe everybody does this.When I hear a song on the radio, and it is from my youth or young adulthood—I call out loud the year in which it was released. Even if nobody is in the room, like I do the answers on Jeopardy. James Taylor's Fire and Rain—that would be 1970. The same with Elton John's Your Song. Carole King's Tapestry album—1971. I did it the other night with Sinatra's Let M...
Re-Gathering Begins (But it Might Take a While)
July 21st, 2020
This is the week! After four months of online worship only—nothing in the building—we will be having public worship services starting on Sunday morning, July 26. No one has pressured me and the other pastors to do this, and our folks are of different minds on the subject. Many have long been ready to return—others think we should wait still longer before we do.We said that we would wait until Virg...
July 14th, 2020
Austria is probably our favorite place to visit in all the world. It is breathtakingly beautiful, of course. But a big part of it is that one of our very best friends lives there--Christina. We met her thirty-five years ago when she came to Florida as an au pair. We have kept up over the years and exchanged several visits along the way. Her family and friends are a part of ours by now.Another reas...
Thanks for Asking
July 7th, 2020
It's time to regather! After four months of streaming only, we are ready now to come back together on King Street as First Baptist Church of Alexandria. Circle Sunday, July 26, on your calendar and plan to be with us at either 9 or 11 AM.Here are some questions I have received since the announcement was made on Friday---Q. Why wait until the 26th? Let's start now.A. Well, I like your enthusiasm. B...
Two Left Feet
June 30th, 2020
Yes, Audrey does do a lot of the clothes shopping for me. She has a greater sense of style and appropriate color combinations and keeps up with the latest fashion trends--down to my bright and multi-colored socks.Last week she brought home a new pair of shoes for me to try. I put one of them on to make sure that it fit. It did. Then I put it back in the box and into the closet. On Saturday I took ...
June 23rd, 2020
Audrey and I were in the car for a long ride recently and among the things we talked about was which one of us might die first. Naturally, because I'm a bit older than her, and a man, the odds are that it will be me."You must promise me one thing", I said. "Use some of that insurance money to buy a nice stone."My wife looked at her ring finger, smiled, and said, "Oh, I will. I will.”I meant a tomb...
What Will Happen Next?
June 16th, 2020
A pandemic, economic collapse, and racial injustice with a face and a name.Do bad things really happen in threes?That's the proverbial wisdom, and it sometimes seems that way, but-- No, they do not. We like to look for patterns in the things that come our way. With "confirmation bias,” we pick-and-choose information that confirms what we already believe and then we overlook everything else. It's j...
ramblin'...with don davidson
June 9th, 2020
My thoughts are racing with this morning's coffee. I've been scribbling them down to share as they come, in a kind of stream-of-consciousness...A book that has really helped me better understand the racial justice issue is Stony The Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, And The Rise of Jim Crow, by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. I also recently saw the movie, Just Mercy, a true story il...
The National Crisis
June 2nd, 2020
Tipping point-n., the critical point in an evolving situation that leads to a new and irreversible development.Events in the Spring of 2020 may well have brought our nation to a "tipping point,” a time when things are forced to change. This often happens for the good of a society--but not always.The Covid-19 pandemic has caused us to re-think the way we work, educate our children, socialize, and w...