Notes from Jan

You Are Not Alone

Today’s Friday. Good Friday. But it didn’t look good back when Jesus hung on a cross, his disciples scattered and evil appeared triumphant. And, for sure, it doesn’t look all that good today for hungry, terrified, beat-down folks in Haiti, Gaza, Israel, Ukraine, Sudan…

March 29, 2024
Notes from Jan

Scars, Stories and an Old Familiar Song

Scars tell stories. We all have them, although most aren’t visible. But they all matter. They’re part of who we are. And I suppose that’s why I found myself singing and crying (I know, I’m a mess.) as I drove to my book group…

March 22, 2024
Notes from Jan

Have You Got A Minute?

This question comes from someone wanting more than a minute. They want me. And often it comes from one who is suffering or troubled about an issue or person. How do I respond? Not always well, which I’m learning from the book we’re studying…

March 16, 2024
Notes from Jan

Let’s Face It

Actually, I don’t want to face it. Which, in this case, is me. Well, I don’t mean to sound grim, like it’s over and turn maudlin. There’s enough of that going around. It’s just that, for now, I’m avoiding all mirrors. Well, to clarify,…

March 8, 2024
Notes from Jan

A Simple Question

What are you giving up for Lent? Well, I answered, “I was so into getting ready to fly to Ireland, I didn’t give up anything but some money.” And then I remembered reading something and added “I’m giving up on giving up.” I don’t…

March 3, 2024
Notes from Jan

Don’t Worry! Really?

It’s school vacation week so some of the Grands and I are off on an adventure. So you won’t be hearing from me for a little longer than a week. Which may be good news to some of you. Meanwhile, I challenge you (and…

February 19, 2024
Notes from Jan

Kindness is a Good Starting Place

The first Bible verse I learned in Sunday School was, “Be ye kind one to another…” It took a few more years to learn there was more to the verse, “…tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians…

February 17, 2024
Notes from Jan

Lent: A Time To Tarry

It’s been awhile since I thought about tarrying. Life presses and pulses. Phones ping with texts. Meanwhile, my TO DO list grows, as my time shrinks. Still, God keeps showing up, beckoning me to be still and know that God is God. And that’s…

February 9, 2024
Notes from Jan

Test Post for Social Feed

I am updating the blog to start posting to facebook again. Apparently people use a thing called (air quotes) “social media”. Feel free to ignore this post. If it ends up working you’ll be able to receive my blog in your facebook feed. If…

February 2, 2024
Notes from Jan

A Time to Dance

Mama confessed and the Bible in Ecclesiastes 3:4 declared there’s “A time to dance.” In the Baptist churches where I grew up, dancing was forbidden. Like one of the deadly sins. You know, almost as serious an offense it should’ve been added to the…

February 2, 2024
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