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We had a great time in Bible study Wednesday night. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Rev. Annie’s presentation of the Gospel of John, over the last few weeks. My only regret is that we haven’t had more members and friends present for the experience. My intent is not to fuss or scold. I would just like to say a few words to gently encourage those who can to think about coming out for our Book & Bible study.
Most of us accept that, in order to be our best at most things, we must invest significant time and effort into it. We go to school, we rehearse or practice - we do what it takes to broaden our knowledge, or strengthen our muscles, or hone our skills. We may have natural gifts, talents, and aptitudes in certain areas; but we realize that there is always room for growth. So we invest in nurturing, developing and refining those aspects of ourselves where we really want to shine.
I think that also applies to our Christian discipleship. Nothing is required of us except faith, in order to be Christians. But there is always room for growth as disciples of Jesus; and if we want to be the best we can be and let our lights shine as brightly as they can, some investment in our spiritual growth is necessary. And when it comes to this, I suggest, more is more.
I had a new experience Monday, when I participated in the Moral Monday Social Justice Interfaith March and Rally in Raleigh. I have never participated in an event like that before. But, this time, I felt absolutely compelled to be there.
Anyone who knows me knows, by now, how thrilled I am to be back in North Carolina. I call NC “the home of my heart.” I have lived in six states and, by far, most successfully “transplanted” here. Everything about the size, pace, and “feel” of the Triangle area just seems to be the right fit for me.
There is just one BIG disappointment with coming back home; and that is the political landscape to which I have returned. Oh. My. God. What in the world has come over the NC State Legislature? You can read, in the news, the particulars of what they have been up to, so I won’t go through all of it here. Suffice it to say that this legislature has not missed many opportunities to turn back the hands of time in NC and decimate the progressive political advances of the last fifty years or so.