Pastor’s Message – March 2, 2021

What Brought Us Joy In February

Towards the end of every 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.

All Creatures Great and Small (TV show): This recent PBS Masterpiece series was a remake of a show from the 1970s, based on a series of books of the same name. It tells the story of young veterinarian, James Herriot, who works in the Yorkshire dales. Not only is the scenery beautiful, the animals are charming, and I want to share a meal with the characters. My favorite line came in the season finale, when a young vet tending to an ailing donkey from the nativity program says, “I’m dressed as an elf, and my date is a donkey.”

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu (book): I first became familiar with Mitch Landrieu when a speech he gave about monument removal hit national news. I remember thinking, “How did he come to that decision?” This book marvelously tells his story of how years of conversations, relationships, and observations contributed not only to this decision but others he made. It is an excellent study in leadership.

A Drink With a Friend (podcast): Originally hosted by author Tsh Oxenreider with the title, “The Good List,” this podcast is now a conversation between her and another author named Seth Haines. Not only do they offer fabulous drink recommendations appropriate for all ages (I now love Bubly sparkling water because of them). They also talk theology, current events, and much more in a thoughtful manner. My favorite episode is the one about Lent.

all good things to each of you,
Dr. Darian

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