Pastor’s Message – March 1, 2022

What Brought Us Joy in February

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 Eyes of Tammy Faye (movie): All that many of us know about the late Tammy Faye Bakker was what we saw on television, but there is always more to a person than what the screen can show. This is especially true now that we carry screens in our pockets, complete with social media, all the time. Jessica Chastain gives a powerful performance that helps us to see that, though Tammy Faye made mistakes, she was a woman with a call and a love for God and people. I loved learning more about her.

When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash (book) : I have loved Wiley Cash’s work ever since he released his bestselling debut, A Land More Kind Than Home. His latest novel is set in a small, coastal Carolina community with a big mystery and even greater tensions in the early 1980s. It’s a heavy read with subject matter that made me tear up sometimes, and the ending made me gasp with surprise. But isn’t that evidence of good writing, too?

The Gilded Age (TV): Raise your hand if you loved Downton Abbey? Now imagine that Downton moved to New York City in the decade following the Civil War. I am loving the characters, the pacing, the dynamics, and there is no better examination of greed and tradition on television right now than this. The show does air on HBO, as opposed to public broadcasting, so some episodes are for more mature audiences.

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

all good things to each of you,
Dr. Darian

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, March 6, 2022
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Romans 10:8b-13
Luke 4:1-13

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