Someone asked me today (Thursday) if we are going to focus on 9-11 this Sunday. It’s a good question, one I’ve been pondering, in fact, for some time.

The media is ramping up its coverage, with special news reports and programs reflecting back to that awful day a decade ago. How much will this be a media event, I’ve been wondering, and how much is it really something that captures and demands our attention?


It’s Labor Day weekend, and I’m excited! My son and family are headed this way this evening, meaning I will see my 17-month-old granddaughter for the first time since May. That’s almost ¼ of her life! And I can tell by the pictures that she’s really grown. Of course, I’ll be glad to see my son and daughter-in-law, too, and our daughter when she arrives  tomorrow night! Holidays are great times for families to gather.


I met this morning (Thursday) with an ecumenical group of clergy. Most places I have served have had some type of ministerial association, which met once a month or so for breakfast or lunch and maybe sponsored a Thanksgiving service, baccalaureate service, or something of the sort. This group is different. This group is passionate about making a difference in Haywood County. This is the group that sparked interest in the Homeless Shelter and the one that initiated the annual school workday and partnerships with schools.


            If you think of “summer” as the time between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next—I know, not the scientific definition, but a practical one—then “summer” is almost over. School begins next week! Families are home from vacations!


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