A Bear in the Woods
by Frank Waugh on July 24th, 2020
St. Paul said in Romans 8:18, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us.” These words have brought great comfort to many people, especially in times when all they could think about was the ordeal they happened to be experiencing. In a simple sentence, Paul awakens something within us that possesses the power to increase our endurance, faith and hope.
by Frank Waugh on June 27th, 2020
City slickers in places like Atlanta and New York City boast about their big city lights. They even write songs and books about it. Frank Sinatra crooned people into a tizzy when he sang about New York, New York. He said it was a place where people don’t ever sleep – I guess not with all those lights on all the time! Personally, I can only sleep with the lights off!
by Frank Waugh on June 20th, 2020
As Father’s Day approaches, let us stop and think about all of the people who have gone before us to bring us to this day, our ancestors. Let their faces emerge from the mist of the past in a gentle reunion upon the arrival of this new day, this new world in the year 2020.
The End of the Beginning
by Frank Waugh on June 13th, 2020
Just about everybody I’ve ever known has been to the movies. Everybody except a highly virtuous girl I knew in High School whose parents forbid her from gazing upon the idolatry of the silver screen. "Anyone with half-a-mind for God knows," they said, "Hollywood movies are of the Devil." They were probably right. Movies are probably the cause of the downfall of Western civilization.
by Frank Waugh on May 23rd, 2020
There’s a very old Hebrew folktale about a man who went to the forest to seek his dinner one afternoon. It had been a particularly difficult harvest season and his crops had failed to produce the rich abundance to which he had become accustomed. The change in the harvest had created a change in almost every aspect of the man’s life, making the days long and the night’s worrisome. With his cupboa...
The Secret Wisdom of Catfish Cows
by Frank Waugh on May 13th, 2020
I live on a farm in Catawba County, North Carolina in a tiny community called Catfish. Yes, that’s really the name of my community. No snickering. And true to the name, this is country. God’s country, if you ask me. One of the best places I’ve ever lived – and I’ve been around. Unless you have the afternoon free, you don’t want to ask me where I’ve lived. But now I live in the Catfish community of...
Cheez-its, Grace and Innovation
by Frank Waugh on May 2nd, 2020
I’ll be the first to tell anyone that I’m not a natural-born cook. I’ll never starve, mind you. But I’m not the guy to turn to if you’re trying to decide whether fennel or anise is the right spice for your recipe. I have no idea what kind of dish requires herbs with fancy names like that. And frankly, I’m not that interested in learning about it. But I do like to eat. A given. And sometimes, eati...