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Time of Day

Time of Day

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter August 9, 2018

Ecclesiastes is one of those biblical books marked by mirth and meaning, as well as, futility.

Is life just a series of events, one blasted thing happening after the other, to paraphrase Arnold Toynbee. The momentum and pace of our often harried lives can make it seem so.

Consider the movements sermon of the “preacher” from Ecclesiastes. The opening chapters consider the futility of human life, We are born; we live; we work; we age and die... generation after generation, age by age; and nothing seems to change. This is the pessimism of the ordinary. Yet, within the ordinary, their lies the promise of more. Even in the mundane, with the right perspective, one may find meaning and worth.

By the end of the book, we are encouraged to find meaning in following the will and way of God... love and it’s whole duty. Love has a ways of shading and shaping our perceptions. Love can make ordinary events sacred moments.

Consider the call of another poet.

The Summer Day, by the poet Mary Oliver, challenges the listener to see the sacred in the ordinariness of life. Oliver calls us to a Life both wild and precious. You can almost perceive the faith and folly of Ecclesiastes, both.

“I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”

What will you do? How will you choose to see your one, Wild, precious life?

First Days of School; Last Days of Summer

First Days of School; Last Days of Summer

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter August 3, 2018

August is a weird month that always messes with our family’s sense of time. School has begun in earnest, yet the pool is still open. From Kindergarten kids to college professors, we wait for the school bell to ring to call us back to a different schedule. The familiarity of fall beckons, but summer sensibilities are far from over. Some of our families and educators stride into the first days of a new year, even as others scramble to enjoy those finals days of summer.

What Do You Love?

What Do You Love?

By Ruth DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter July 26, 2018

I love God. I love my family and friends. Those are certainties in my life, and they are most likely certainties in your life. Beyond those true loves of your life, what do you love? What fills your life with joy and satisfies your hunger to be your true self?

Condolences to the family of Wayne Daughtry

Condolences to the family of Wayne Daughtry

published in Family Matters eNewsletter July 12, 2018

Join me in offering condolences to the family of Wayne Daughtry. Robert Wayne Daughtry, Sr. Passed away on July 12, 2018. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 3:00PM. The family will greet friends on Monday, July 16, 2018 from 5:00-7:00PM at Hart’s Mortuary, 765 Cherry Street, Macon, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mount de Sales Academy, attention: Touchdown Club, 851 Orange Street, Macon, Georgia 31201.

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Cooperative Baptist: General Assembly Part 2

Cooperative Baptist: General Assembly Part 2

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter June 21, 2018

The last night of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly concluded with worship. This spirit-filled moment brought together the stories of churches like ours; through song, and communion and proclamation, all of these stories were lifted up to God in worship.

Cooperative Baptists?

Cooperative Baptists?

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter June 14, 2018

Greetings from Dallas!

This week, I am attending the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Dallas, TX. Every year, churches like ours, from all over the nation, gather for a time of worship, fellowship, education and, well.... cooperation.

Summertime

Summertime

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter June 7, 2018

This quote from Anne Lamott really captures what we've been up to on this first week of summer. 

“When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens like one of those fluted Japanese blossoms, flimsy and spastic, bright and warm. This almost always seems to happen in community.” - Anne Lamott

No Ordinary Time

No Ordinary Time

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter May 31, 2018

Summer begins on June 21, 2018. While the date marks the beginning of summer, in Macon, Georgia, it feels like it has already arrived. By the time the graduates have tossed their tassels and the final exams have been proctored, summer has begin in earnest.The temperature has risen degree by degree until the AC blasts and we are quite sure that summer-time sensibilities have already arrived.