Pastor’s Message – January 26, 2021

What Brought Us Joy In January

Towards the end of every month, I enjoy sharing with you about my latest favorites in music, movies, TV shows, books, and podcasts. I used to title this monthly note as “what we’re watching, reading, etc.” I think a more appropriate title for this time of reflection is “what brought us joy.” One of my favorite questions to ask friends when we get together is, “What is bringing you joy lately?” I love hearing the variety of answers to this question! My hope is that in sharing what brought me joy will help you to reflect on what brought you joy.

The Repair Shop (TV show on Netflix): The premise of this show is likely to make a sermon appearance soon. In the British countryside is this real-life repair shop where people apply to bring treasured items that are broken. Watching the processes of restoration and the expressions on the owners’ faces when they see the finish product lift the spirit and warm the heart.

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (book): Sometimes I just need a good mystery and page turner. What makes this one even better is that it’s a modern retelling of Jane Eyre set in Birmingham, Alabama! Do know that it’s PG-13 at times, but it’s a great escape for those who love suspense.

Mission House (music): Musicians Taylor Leonhardt and Jess Ray joined forces a couple of years ago to lead home worship gatherings. The result is Mission House, and their self-titled debut has been on repeat in my office for a week. I especially love the song, “I Don’t Have Much.” There is something so special about worship music offered in small gatherings that brings me so much joy, and the songs are deep while also easy to sing.

all good things to each of you,
Dr. Darian

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