God With Us
by Frank Waugh on December 11th, 2020
Throughout the season of Advent, we are meditating weekly on Isaiah’s proclamation concerning the coming of Immanuel – God with us! And what a proclamation it is! First, it is a proclamation to the Hebrew people during a time of exile and return, and secondly it is a proclamation to us while we experience a world-shattering year of isolation, exile and challenge. The thought of Immanuel – God with Us – is a grounding hope that helps us hang in there, to hold on, and to wait. And it lays the foundation for how we may gather again one day in a changed and potentially better world.
by Frank Waugh on December 3rd, 2020
As the Christmas season approaches, Currier and Ives scenes of early American holidays begin to appear on cards and storefront displays, the songs of Christmas begin to fill the airways, festive seasonal celebrations 2020-style begin to occupy prime time television schedules. And the atmosphere begins to swell with the nostalgia of by-gone eras of Christmas past.
by Frank Waugh on October 2nd, 2020
We arrive at the month of October with a spectacular celestial event called the Harvest Moon. On such nights, the Earth’s satellite shows itself opposite the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) appearing full for about three days. The Moon shares its reflected light, casting away shadows with moon glow, making darkness appear as day.
Living the Yes
by Frank Waugh on September 26th, 2020
Several years ago, I led a retreat in Atlanta for a group of 20 people. We gathered for a weekend to consider a topic inspired by 2 Corinthians 2:18-20.
The Frontline Worker
by Frank Waugh on September 19th, 2020
Throughout the period of the Covid19 pandemic, like many, I have refrained from eating in restaurants and cafes, restricting myself to occasional take-out. As an added level of caution, I have limited myself to doing business with only a couple of fast food establishments that appear to be taking the public health situation seriously.
Assurance or Insurance?
by Frank Waugh on September 12th, 2020
Recently, I had the inestimable pleasure of forking out a small fortune for a new set of tires for my pickup truck. Acquiring tires is one of those activities that you may love, but it seems kind of like teeth cleaning to me – necessary: yes, exciting: no.
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...