China Buffet is the place of choice for lunch
on the last Sunday of the month . . .

Food for thought from "At Home in Mitford" by Jan Karon:

He saw Winnie Ivey sweeping the sidewalk in front of her Sweet Stuff Bakery, as she did each and every morning.  It was one of the sights he liked most to see:  someone putting their affairs in order.

I’ve never been one for physical exercise, she said, but what God does with our faith must be something like workouts.  He sees to it that our faith gets pushed and pulled, stretched, and pounded, taken to its limits so its limits can expand.

The trouble with you, Walter had said in a recent phone conversation, is that you’re too prepared.  You don’t give the Holy Spirit room to do wondrous things.  You need to take risks now and then – that’s what makes life snap, crackle, and pop.

Homeless winked and laughed his rasping laugh.  That man is th’ richest whose pleasures are th’ cheapest!

Mainstream Christianity glosses over the fact that it isn’t just a question of giving up sin, but of doing something far more difficult – giving up our right to ourselves.