Pastor’s Message – January 25, 2022

What Brought Us Joy In January

Every month I like to take a moment and share what I’ve been reading, watching, or listening to that has brought me joy over the past month. The hope is that in sharing what has lifted my spirit, you will take time to ask God what has lifted your spirit as well.

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan (book): This is the first book I read in the new year and it was delightful. Set during World War II in Britain, four women compete for a spot to co-host a cooking show on BBC radio. The catch is that their recipes must be according to the food rations of the day. I enjoyed the characters and was sad to say goodbye to them and their creative recipes when I reached the last page.

From the Front Porch (podcast): I’ve been listening to this podcast for the past couple of years, and it is where I get a lot of great ideas of books I want to read (including The Kitchen Front!). It is hosted by Annie B. Jones, owner of an independent bookstore in Thomasville, Georgia. In addition to her own reading recaps, she talks with guests about life as a small-business owner in the south. It really does feel like sitting on someone’s front porch eavesdropping on a great conversation.

All Creatures Great and Small: Season 2 (TV): Yes, I recommended season one of this show last year. Yes, it’s part of the reason I chose the congregational hymn, “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” this past Sunday. Yes, only two episodes in and it’s even better than the first season. Yes, you should watch it!

I’d love to hear what’s bringing you joy this month and all year long!

all good things,
Dr. Darian

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