Only a child would ask this question. The rest of us don’t really care. We buy fish sticks at the grocery store; we bake them and eat them. How a fish came to be sticks of fish is really immaterial. The meat is still fish. It smells like fish. It tastes like fish. But, along comes an inquisitive child with one of those questions we adults simply don’t know how to answer. She wants to know which part of the fish the sticks come from. She’s serious. This is a child with way too much time on her hands! This is also a child I don’t want to teach. When the student asks smarter questions than the teacher can answer … well, you get the picture.
The South Georgia Eagles, a group of retired South Georgia United Methodist pastors and spouses, will gather November 7-9, 2011, at Epworth By The Sea, for their annual retreat.
On Saturday, October 15, United Methodist Women from around the conference will gather together to celebrate 39 years of mission work in South Georgia and around the world.
One of my colleagues frequently uses the helpful phrase, “begin with the end in mind.” These words usually cause a pause in the conversation as everyone refocuses on the desired outcome. Once we are clear about the “why” we can traces backward to see if our plan is really designed to accomplish this goal.
While these are important words in so many aspects of life, today I am thinking about that phrase in relationship to church leadership.
In early 2010, Lenore Fox was unemployed and homeless. Destitute and depleted, she turned to Columbus’ Open Door Community House for help. Through Open Door’s Transition Home for Women, Fox found a warm bed and a place to call home.
I’m from Reidsville, Georgia, in Tattnall County. I grew up on a farm right outside of Reidsville and have a long heritage there. My parents were always active in church so I have a strong spiritual heritage there, too.
The desire for children is a common, though not universal, desire of husbands and wives. That desire was so strong and so universal in biblical times, particularly for male children, that laws were formulated to deal with this concern.
Lord, help us to seek your righteousness and wisdom in all things so that we may keep in a right relationship with you and become a witness of God, working in the world through us. In Christ’s holy name, Amen.