Don’s Column

They Rise

Rev. Don Underwood Weekly Column – February 22 “All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one’s heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.” (Cormac McCarthy, The Road) Is it possible that something holy and profound might grow out of this moment? The most extraordinary […]

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And now we begin. Primitive symbols, forehead blackened, charcoal stain left on pillowcase, the sign-of-the-cross smeared across the linen, archaic ritual once again observed. Ash Wednesday has passed. And now we begin the Lenten journey. As always, a certain amount of ambivalence. Who really needs to be reminded of their mortality? (“Memento, homo, quia pulvis […]

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‘Tis the Season

Dec. 1st, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood The Scouts were selling mistletoe at the local grocery story. A young pre-teen, dressed in uniform, approached me with a tiny bag of the stuff and asked if I’d like to buy some. I decided to play along. “What’s it for?” I asked. He replied, dutifully, that it […]

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Hard Freeze

Dec. 8th, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood Temperatures in north Texas will plummet tonight, reaching a level we refer to as a “hard freeze.” It will not be cold enough for long enough to freeze a stock tank or pond, but it will surely freeze my little automatic horse waterer unless I take precautionary steps. […]

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Hard Thanksgiving

Nov. 25th, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood There are two kinds of Thanksgiving, the easy kind and the hard kind. The easy kind is when everything is going well and there are no major crises being tended to. That’s the kind of Thanksgiving when the prayer is for the many blessings of food, shelter, and […]

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Nov. 17th, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood Seeing their pictures was an incredibly moving experience. The handsome young soldier in dress uniform. The beautiful wife. The two young children. Perhaps under most circumstances I would have simply admired their smiles and natural good looks, and then moved on. In this case, I kept staring at […]

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The Seasons

Nov. 10th, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood I always enjoy “springing forward” more than “falling back.” It’s no problem for me to lose an hour of sleep, and no great advantage to gain an hour. I always anticipate the arrival of Daylight Savings Time like a kid waiting for Christmas. It means more time outdoors, […]

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Let’s Go Slow

Oct. 19th, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood My father-in-law was one of the wisest men I ever knew. He earned a high school degree from Kerens High School, and then he earned a post-graduate education overseas, primarily in Italy. A non-commissioned officer in the legendary 36th Division, he learned about life in places called Monte […]

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Nov. 3rd, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood On a Sunday morning many years ago, I arrived at the church bright and early. A few minutes later I greeted my associate as he walked in. The two of us went into the sanctuary and chatted casually about the worship service that was scheduled to begin in […]

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Learning to Breathe Again

Oct. 6th, 2017 | Rev. Don Underwood I have a long-time friend who is learning to breathe again. Specifically, he is learning how to inhale. A very serious bout of West Nile Virus left his diaphragm and abdominal muscles weakened, and he is literally retraining them to do the job they had done effortlessly for […]

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