The news fuels my angst with tweets and Giuliani’s, “Truth isn’t truth.”
Thank God for some good news in the Washington Post with their story about Jimmy Carter, The Un-Celebrity President, by Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan (August 20).Take a slow read and savor the photos. It just might take you to church or a hillside in Galilee.
At age, 94, President Carter still teaches Sunday School every other week. People begin lining up the night before, hoping for a seat at the Baptist church. Folks looking for real, in church.
Plains, Georgia won’t make any must-see list for natural beauty. It’s hot and riddled with gnats, sand flies or No-See-Ums in the long, humid summers. I used to live in Georgia. You’ve gotta really want to go to Plains. The Carters, their choices and purposeful lives make no earthly sense, especially in our more-is-never-enough culture with truth sold as “alternative fact.”
Alex Beam wrote a piece in the Boston Globe (8/20/18): Mr. Rogers’ Victory Lap. He quotes Mary Elizabeth Williams: “One of the most radical figures of contemporary history never ran a country or led a battle…He became a legend by wearing a cardigan and taking off his shoes… and was fearless enough to be kind.”
The Carters and Mr. Rogers are misfits in a nation starved for integrity and goodness, but being fed celebrity with lies for sides.
What will it take for us to become less fearful and more fearless, “enough to be kind” and the rest God calls us to be?
The Carters and Mr. Rogers chose to dress for true success.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”( Colossians 3:12 NIV)
I need a new wardrobe.
Lord, have mercy.
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