Notes from Jan

Holy Misfits

August 21, 2018

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.

Fall’s coming.

Lord, have mercy.








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  • Reply Susan McMullen August 21, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I, too loved that essay on Jimmy Carter. Such a huge contrast to our present condition. God help us.
    I hope you find some lovely new Fall clothes. You deserve them! Susan

  • Reply Nancy Sheys August 21, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful thoughts! Beautiful writing! All of America need a “new wardrobe”. Thank you for reminding me of two godly men.

  • Reply Jennifer Dickinson August 21, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Great to see some positivity in these very trying times. Loved this big. So true. I’ve been keeping track of this laborious recovery of yours. Keep pushing through it will be worth it in the end!!

  • Reply Shirley M Dubeau August 21, 2018 at 10:04 pm


  • Reply Larry Russ August 23, 2018 at 4:11 am

    Putting on Christ takes courage, because we can no longer demonize those who don’t agree with us–our enemies. We must love them and pray for them. Wow! We all need a “fallen” wardrobe. Thanks as always, Jan, for provoking us to say with Isaiah, “I am a man of unclean lips among a people of unclean lips.”

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