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Retirement and Next Steps Q&A with Pastor Don
September 21st, 2021
There are lots of questions swirling concerning what happens next in the light of my retirement at the end of December. Here are a few that have come to me— Question: Who will the next senior pastor be?Answer: Well, if we were Methodists or one of many other denominations, a pastor would be sent to us. Appointed for us by a Bishop. But that's not how our system works. There is no outside authorit...
"With Arms Wide Open"
September 14th, 2021
Thirty-eight years ago when Audrey told me the news that she was pregnant, she did it by giving me a Precious Moments figurine. It showed a young couple, and the words: "For unto us a child is born.” I was a little slow getting the message, but finally I understood that it wasn't talking about Jesus, that we were the people having a child born to us.When I was in the hospital a few weeks ago, John...
September 7th, 2021
Audrey and I slipped down to Richmond on Friday for a night at the Drury Plaza Hotel. They have an excellent “happy hour” in the early evening that amounts to a full meal, a complete hot breakfast in the morning, and very reasonable rates on top of all that. It’s a new hotel and they are anxious for business.In the wee hours of Saturday morning, we were startled awake by a blaring fire alarm. The ...
ramblin'...with don davidson
August 31st, 2021
A little stream-of-consciousness this Tuesday morning, the last day of August--WebMD reports on studies of those who live long lives, and the results are predictable. People who survive into their nineties watch their diet, they exercise, don't smoke, take regular naps, and choose their friends wisely. But this, too: they attend church more than once a week! Regular worshipers have higher levels ...
Leaving on a Jet Plane
August 24th, 2021
Turmoil continues in Afghanistan as thousands try desperately to flee from that country in the wake of America's withdrawal and the Taliban's ascendency to power. Stories of hopelessness, abandonment, and real tragedy are being reported by the hour from that war-ravaged land.But there is good news, too: Over the weekend 5,000 people were evacuated safely from the airport in Kabul. Well, make that ...
"Let's Get Together and Feel Alright"
August 17th, 2021
It's a recurring dream that I have. Maybe you have it, too. In it I am trying to get somewhere—usually a church service—and I am hopelessly lost. The clock is ticking, it is passed time to be there to preach, and I am going to be seriously late. Sometimes I can actually see the steeple of my destination, but various obstacles block my path.Well, that nightmare came true for Olympic athlete Hansle ...
Gaining the Upper Hand
August 10th, 2021
Katie is the physical therapist I've been seeing the last two weeks. She is helping me regain the use of the two fingers on my right hand that I lost with my stroke on July 24. That has been the only lingering physical effect, so I know I have been abundantly blessed. It is still a significant thing for me, though, because I am right-handed. Shaving, brushing my teeth, and... writing require a dex...
August 3rd, 2021
Because the stroke came on so suddenly, and without warning, Audrey has the natural fear that there might be another. She refuses to let me be alone for more than a few minutes. I appreciate the attention but... please....
Two Days in July
July 29th, 2021
I knew almost immediately what was happening. That the thing I had been dreading for so many years was happening to me now. My right hand was suddenly limp by my side, and I felt as though I were in a fog. I learned later that one side of my face was drooping, too. I was having a stroke.Audrey and I were spending the weekend at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Springfield. We are selling our home to ta...
Parks and Re-Creation
July 20th, 2021
It was Carolyn Jenkins who came up with the idea: gatherings in a local park on a few Sunday afternoons, just for fellowship. The advertising graphic with my face, superimposed on a Forrest Gump poster—that was my suggestion. Lindsey or Carolyn picked up the balloons. Wayne put out a sign, and Erin coordinated it all. And that was the total of the work and planning that has gone into Pastor in the...