The grace of giving from enough

I can count on one hand the number of times we saw grandma Durham. I remember visiting her and grandpa in California when I was 5 or 6. We drove from Louisiana or Arkansas, wherever we were living at the time, in a station wagon that I think we slept in at least one night. My memory focuses on the cots spread out in the field behind their house, across the...

Bonus Sunday

“Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who...

The Gift of Everyday

The cancer was taking its toll the doctor told him. He would have to stop work, his part-time job as an addictions counselor. The job he loved with his being. The job where he felt better when he was among these men whose addiction he understood. But the cancer, it wasn’t good. He needed to slow down. But he is here this Sunday. Every Sunday. This Presbyterian who has found...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Salvation Army

Christmas day fell on a Sunday in 1994. It was our first appointment as Salvation Army officers, pastors with charge of the local church in Jacksonville, FL. The Christmas program had served thousands in the community. It was done. All was calm, all was bright. It was shortly before the start of church service on that Christmas morning, an unfamiliar woman walked through the doors carrying a nicely wrapped present....

Music Sunday: O Angel Tree

Have you seen the Angel Trees? It’s not as universal a program as the red kettle is but it’s the program I coördinated and loved. In our appointments we worked it like this: families came in to register for needed assistance. We usually did this in October. (Christmas consumes a LOT of the Salvation Army’s time) Most local units have criteria that must be met, most often using the poverty...