Pastor’s Message – March 23, 2021

What Is Bringing Us Joy In March

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.

Seed of Joy by Marc Scibilia (music): I was introduced to this wonderful singer-songwriter on a podcast hosted by Christian author and speaker, Annie F. Downs. He wrote these songs of hope while watching his dad battle a brain tumor in 2019, and in 2020 during the pandemic he recorded them as the album, Seed of Joy. Though born in heartache, the songs exude hope and are the perfect companion to the spring season’s dawning here in Lent.

On Living by Kerry Egan (book): I’ve had this book in my to-read stack since it was published in 2016. Egan is a hospice chaplain in South Carolina who has compiled some stories of her patients. She weaves her own memoir into the memoirs of those with whom she sits on the threshold of death and life. It is beautifully sad, funny, and like Seed of Joy, full of hope.

Ted Lasso (TV): A struggling soccer team in the United Kingdom hires an American football coach named Ted Lasso to lead their own “football” team. Yes, I scratched my head when reading the premise, too, but I couldn’t stop watching after the first episode. Ted Lasso is one of the most delightful characters TV has seen in recent years with his unwavering, over-the-top optimism. I loved watching how people changed simply from the time they spent around him. The first season is available to watch on Apple TV.

all good things to each of you,
Dr. Darian

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