Rustlings (October 4, 2021)

Rustlings (October 4, 2021)

Two weeks ago, our congregation collected cans of fruit for my birthday. Okay…that’s not completely true. The fruit was actually collected to stock the food pantry of United Ministries. These cans of fruit will now find their way into grocery bags—filled with other...
Rustlings (September 27, 2021)

Rustlings (September 27, 2021)

On a recent walk down Greenville’s Main Street, I found myself in step with a lady walking her dog. Having seen her and her dog before, I introduced myself, and she reciprocated with her name. Our conversation trended toward the usual topics: the weather, the vibrant...
Rustlings (September 20, 2021)

Rustlings (September 20, 2021)

BY JIM DANT You and others have begun to ask the question, “What do you want for your 60th birthday this year? (The vocal emphasis always seems to be on ‘60th.’) I’m at that stage in life where I have all I need and most of what I want, so I really don’t ask for much....
Rustlings (September 13, 2021)

Rustlings (September 13, 2021)

My hair tells the story of our last year and a half. Some call it “stress hair” or “anxiety hair.” Though I try to put my best foot forward and appear like I have it together in these crazy days, my hair tells the real story of my inner life—it’s unruly, inconsistent...
Rustlings (September 7, 2021)

Rustlings (September 7, 2021)

Francis was kneeling in an abandoned church in the countryside of San Damiano just outside of Assisi. He was fervently praying for God to give some direction to his life. As a young man, he had lived frivolously with an abundance of wealth. Much to his family’s...
Rustlings (August 30, 2021)

Rustlings (August 30, 2021)

It was a rainy-day game in my first-grade classroom. When the playground was puddled and we were forced to stay indoors, Mrs. Hicks would circle our chairs and lead us in a game of Fruit Basket Turnover. For those who’ve never played, each participant is given the...

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