Pastor’s Message – June 22, 2021

What Is Bringing Us Joy In June

Once a month, I enjoy sharing with you about my latest favorites in music, movies, TV shows, books, and podcasts. 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.

Good Apple: Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York by Elizabeth Passarella (book): I read this book while on vacation in Chattanooga recently, and I startled my fellow diners in restaurants multiple times by laughing out loud. Then I made my fellow diners look at me with concern because I was crying as I read the touching ending. Elizabeth Pasarella grew up in Memphis, TN, and now calls New York City home, a place that is very different from her upbringing but is truly her home. I first read her work in Real Simple magazine (she also writes for Southern Living). She is a wonderful and entertaining writer!

Baby Take My Hand by Jess Ray (music): This newest release is by one half of the musical duo, Mission House, whose music I’ve also recommended in the space. The album was a wonderful companion on my vacation as well, especially, “Days To Come,” which ask, “Why don’t you come and laugh with me, laugh at the days to come?” Ray’s faith is evident in all of the songs without being overwhelming, and I love her voice.

Mare of Eastown (Limited TV series): This series is for mature audiences only, but its characters and setting are worth paying Eastown, Pennsylvania, a visit. Kate Winslet plays a local detective named Mare who is investigating a recent murder. She’s also dealing with a tragic loss in her own life. The series deals with very real, difficult issues, and yet there is a deep sense of community among the people even amid their conflicts. I found myself caring about these people and wanting to learn more about them.

all good things to each of you,
Dr. Darian

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