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Keeping Our Center ~ Day 135

27 Jul, 2020

I’ve completed four paintings in my watercolor class (again, not ready to share!) It’s a fairly informal class via Zoom every other week. We get started on a painting together and then finish on our own. As much as I try to make my painting...

Keeping Our Center ~ Day 134

26 Jul, 2020

One of the ways I’ve embraced “isolating” at home is that I’ve been taking a watercolor class of sorts. My dad used to be a wonderful watercolor artist and I’ve always loved the medium in general, but never had the time or courage to try it...

Keeping Our Center ~ 133

25 Jul, 2020

There seems to be no shortage of challenges and difficulties in life. And only some of them have to do with the pandemic we’re dealing with. The question becomes how do we deal with them? How do we respond to obstacles, disappointments,...

Keeping Our Center ~ Day 132

24 Jul, 2020

I continue to be distressed and saddened by how polarized and divided our country is over almost every little thing. I’m not talking about simple disagreement over an issue. I’m talking about angry, hateful, mean attacks on people who think...

Keeping Our Center ~ Day 131

23 Jul, 2020

Here’s my last ASP story. One year our 6-person crew was assigned Miss Judy’s house. As happens in Appalachia when the houses are built into the sides of the mountains, when it rains, the water runs down the slope and under the house and...

Keeping Our Center ~ Day 130

23 Jul, 2020

Because our drives down to the Appalachia region always took place over two days, we would stop at a park or somewhere on Sunday morning for a brief worship service. One of our favorite places to worship was on the top of a cliff overlooking a...

Keeping Our Center ~ Day 129

23 Jul, 2020

Here’s one of my favorite ASP stories. It was hot. Well, almost hot by Appalachian standards. We had two crews on Claude and Margaret’s house, which had little in the way of actual footers, and a room where the floor had rotted out. Together,...

Keeping our Center ~ Day 128

23 Jul, 2020

Without the pandemic, yesterday would have been our mission trip crew’s first work day on the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) in Kentucky. This would have been my 12th trip helping the people of Appalachia make their homes warmer, safer and...

Keeping Our Center ~ Day 127

20 Jul, 2020

Honestly, I am grateful to have been a pastor during this time in history because I believe that this pandemic will have a larger affect than we realize on church, religion, and how we see God. Some of it good, and some of it sort of sad, in my...

Keeping Our Center ~ Day 126

19 Jul, 2020

Robert Fulghum, in his book “From Beginning to End: The Rituals of Our Lives” writes, “Rituals do not always involve words, occasions, officials, or an audience. Rituals are often silent, solitary, and self-contained. The most powerful rites of...