Notes from Jan

Thread-Words to Keep Us From Unraveling

October 29, 2016

“Follow the money.”

That’s what our preacher preached last Sunday, egged on by another lesson on one of  the seven deadly sins and the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 6.  You know, the one about “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” and “you can’t serve God and wealth.”

Patrick kept pressing, “if you want to get to the bottom of an issue, follow the money.”

He quoted from Christian Smith’s book, Passing the Plate, who said,”If all the Christians in the United States tithed 10% of post tax income, we could change the world.”

…without a single vote.

Dr.  Christian Smith, like Patrick, both Gordon grads, truth tellers who never let up.

“We need to confront our fears of scarcity.”

“Stewardship is the main work of the Church.  It’s our offering of gratitude to God.  We need to design our budgets around tithing…a way to break the bonds of consumption.”

These words from Patrick and Christian prod me to examine closely the people and propositions  I’m to vote on in a matter of days.


If I didn’t believe in the God who sees and knows, I’d move back to the land from whence my ancestors fled, not because it’s perfect, but just so I didn’t have to vote and take responsibility for my choices.


After reading my last post, someone responded that”even Lake Wobegon has its problems.”


Gravel pits and such.

But on this gray day, a few dashes of hope.

The Cubs play again, tonight.

Halloween doesn’t last.

Thanksgiving’s coming.

Before you know it, we’ll come together to eat turkey or crow, to remember and express gratitude to God and each other, and to retell jokes and stories with seam binding power, thread-words strong enough to keep us from unraveling.




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  • Reply Nancy Sheys October 29, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    We must fight the gray days and the problems with out decision about who to vote for. I know that I’m preaching to the choir when I say, just our eyes on the Creator of the world and remember that He is in control. I love your blog!!!

  • Reply susan October 30, 2016 at 2:46 am

    yes, please keep us from unravelling. amen

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