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Religion

  • There is but one message shaped by a thousand voices

    A few weeks ago, my husband and I preached a sermon on unity. We did it together, a sort of Huntley/Brinkley approach; a unique experience for us and likely for the congregation, to be sure.
    Despite our commonality, as indicated in our identical Myers-Briggs designation, we have different approaches to life, diverse philosophies and often obviously opposite tastes in reading material. It was in the midst of those diversities our unity was apparent.

  • I will waste some time and get to know God

        

    In our house, waste is sinful. We do not waste paper or food, water or fuel, money or talents. Everything is put to good use. We scrimp and save, cut coupons (well, I do!) and search for bargains. Trips to town are strategically mapped to afford the most return for the least amount of energy. Even vacations are plotted and planned to the minute. 

  • ‘Wit’ gives us life at full dose; learning about living while dying

    I cried when I first viewed 99 power-packed minutes of “Wit,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson made into a 2001 HBO movie.
    I thought my tears would end with the final scene of the movie that tracked the last days of Vivian Bearing, Phd., a professor of English whose academic life revolved about the works of John Donne, particularly the holy sonnet “Death Be Not Proud.” But, I was wrong! Tears flowed as abundantly when I saw the film again, this time with my companion chaplains at Brunswick Community Hospital.

  • A restless heart needs recreation—find rest with God

     Have you ever had a day when nothing seemed to ease the spirit? Have you ever experienced a deep-down restlessness that remained unappeased by all efforts to center oneself in calm and quiet, freed from the anxiety of life’s stressors? If not, you may be superhuman or in grand denial!

  • Ministry to be at Hickmans Crossroads

    Jesus is the Way Ministry will give away food and clothes for the needy from 10 a.m-5 p.m. this Saturday at 1050 Calabash Road, Hickmans Crossroads.

  • Welcome is not just a greeting; it’s a commitment

     I go to a lot of meetings. This is true of many retirees, I suspect. At times, fatigue, frustration and a sense of personal inability keep me from wanting to attend. I get tired of the scheduled life. I become frustrated with the pace of progress. I wonder if I am in the right place at the right time. Overall, I know that each meeting is an encounter with life’s duality. Each one reminds me I am both learner and teacher, data provider and deep ponderer, thinker and doer. 

  • Standards for excellence improve spiritual health

    At a recent meeting of hospital chaplains, a slide presentation and talk informed and inspired all attendees with a goal that propelled us out of any lapse into mediocrity.
    The hard copy of the talk contained 11 pages of solid information, suggestions, conversation openers, supporting behaviors and unwavering standards. No stone was left unturned. No area remained untended.

  • To escape from Russia is to celebrate the victory of life

    It is a rare and wondrous occasion when one meets a person who has suffered profoundly as a child and emerges a whole, wholesome adult. There is a bonus when the adult is able to draw on deeply rooted memories and still retain a sense of humor.
    I met such a man in Stanley Opalka, author and part-time resident of Brunswick County. More widely known for his golf prowess, Stanley is a bonafide historian with more than 30 years of teaching experience on the high school and college level.

  • Mothers are upper rooms: havens, who empower and encourage growth

    Somewhere I recall stumbling across a strange sentence, “Mothers are upper rooms.” The comment stopped me in my tracks. What on earth could that mean? The only upper room images I could conjure were pictures of frightened disciples gathered behind locked doors. I had heard many sermons based on the topic of fear versus faith. But, never had motherhood been connected with that imagery.

  • All you wanted to know about butterflies: Part II

    By Shirley Waggoner-Eisenman
    Master Gardener
    Continuing with the discussion of butterflies, the size of the butterfly’s wingspan can range from one-inch to more than 4 inches. Some are small and their color matches the foliage and makes them hard to spot.