Saturday, September 19 – Reflections

Saturday, September 19 – Reflections

Luke 3:7-11 One day in sixth grade, my classmates and I started competing over which one of us had seen the most famous person in real life. One of us had glimpsed a professional football player in a Savannah restaurant. Another insisted he’d seen a famous...

Saturday, September 19 – Reflections

Friday, September 18 – Reflections

Genesis 17:1-8 In the first session of my first college English class, my professor passed around a list of words. Some were familiar; many weren’t. Without any explanation or direction, we each had to pick a word from the list. A couple of weeks later, we...

Saturday, September 19 – Reflections

Thursday, September 17 – Reflections

Genesis 16:7-15 One warm October evening, my friends and I dressed in our Halloween costumes for a neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt. Coming around the corner toward our host’s house for the next clue, I found Ally sitting alone on the porch steps. Dressed as a...

Saturday, September 19 – Reflections

Wednesday, September 16 – Reflections

Genesis 16:1-6 My friend Sarah (yes, that’s really her name) recently shared with our book club that, after having given birth to her son, she subsequently suffered two miscarriages. At Thanksgiving that year, her brother and sister-in-law announced that they...

Saturday, September 19 – Reflections

Tuesday, September 15 – Reflections

Genesis 15:17-21 As my pastor mounted the steps to the pulpit to preach about Mary Magdalene anointing Jesus’ feet with perfume (Jn 12:1-8), he paused to light several sticks of incense. As he spoke, the smell from those few lit sticks wafted throughout the...

Saturday, September 19 – Reflections

Monday, September 14 – Reflections

Genesis 15:7-16 Some years ago, while traveling in Egypt, I had the opportunity to camp overnight in the desert. I woke throughout the night with terrible dreams. In one, I dreamed I’d been drugged and was trapped in my sleeping bag under a great weight while...

Saturday, September 19 – Reflections

Sunday, September 13 – Reflections

Genesis 15:1-6 I used to try to count the stars. On warm summer nights as a kid, my dad would take my brother and me for boat rides in the tidal marsh behind our house. We’d zoom through the little slews and creeks by moonlight, then he’d cut the engine and...

Saturday, September 19 – Reflections

Saturday, September 12 – Reflections

Luke 11:1-4 Mrs. Mattie, my fourth-grade teacher, pushed her students to engage with great writers and try to think alongside them. Her favorite maxim went like this: “You don’t understand another person’s thoughts until you can express them in your own words.”...

Saturday, September 19 – Reflections

Friday, September 11 – Reflections

Genesis 3:9-13 “All my life,” he said, “I passed the buck. Whenever I messed up, I blamed someone else. Somehow, I made myself believe that he or she or they made me do whatever I had done. I mastered the blame game.” My friend stopped, looked at his feet, and...

Saturday, September 19 – Reflections

Thursday, September 10 – Reflections

Genesis 3:1-8 I sometimes ask the Almighty to help me remember that I am not God so I will act accordingly. Frankly, neither asking for that or doing it comes easily to me. Something in me yearns to become like God. That is, I want to understand everything...