• Something dads need to hear


    I almost chickened out on writing this Father’s Day column. After all, I’ve never been a dad.
    And as a lady who respects men, I certainly don’t want to come across as lecturing on how to be a better dad (as if I could, anyway).
    Then suddenly, I knew what I wanted to tell you. It’s something my heart has wanted to say for a long time: I admire you.

  • Another vacation in the bank


    The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I arrived home from our vacation late Tuesday afternoon.
    I’m not a big one for vacations, but this one was special. Our grandson who lives out in Ohio was graduating from high school.
    This is the second of our grandchildren to graduate from high school. I would not say this to everybody but, this year is the 50th anniversary of my graduation from high school. I cannot believe it has been that long.

  • Want to move mountains?


    How thrilling would it be if a mountain moved at your command – even only a fraction of an inch? Would you feel powerful? Would you love the attention you receive when every talk show host books you to discuss your amazing feat?
    Yet if you neglected to show love to those around you, you could move every mountain on this planet and God wouldn’t be impressed.

  • What is a day off, really?


    I’m not one who gets excited about holidays. If up to me there would be one holiday per month, and that’s it.
    The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage loves holidays, no matter what it is. For her it is a time to have a “Day Off.” If anybody knows how to celebrate a day off it is her.
    By January, she has all the holidays noted on her calendar and what she is going to do on those holidays.

  • Knights of Columbus help Pregnancy Center

    Special to The News

    Four members of the Knights of Columbus Round Table, from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, helped the Wakulla Pregnancy Center with a painting project at the Center’s facility at  886 Woodville Highway.
    Jerome Todd, Mike Lindert, Ed Palagyi, Mike DeRuntz, and Pam Pilkinton, Wakulla Pregnancy Center Executive Director, painted three rooms and the hallway Saturday morning, June 1.

  • Out to Pastor: And then it was Friday


    Like many people, I try planning and arranging my week so I can accomplish as much as possible.
    For example, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage on Monday morning hands me her “honey-do-list” to complete by the end of the week. When she hands it to me, I smile and underneath that list I have concealed from her my “to-do-list.”
    It is not that I ignore her list… well, maybe I do. But, I don’t do it on purpose… well, maybe I do.

  • What is enduring love?


    Jesus left a perfect existence to live among us. Then, in the face of rejection, threats and jeers, He died an excruciating death – for the very people who mistreated and disrespected Him.
    Even moments before His death, as He hung on the cross, bleeding and struggling for every painful breath, people continued to reject and mock Him. Yet Jesus still gave up His life for them. And not only for them, but for us, too, even those of us who reject and mock Him.

  • Bereavement column: Set aside time to pray


    Sometimes I stay up so late that by the time I get to bed, my prayers are shorter than a fine “How do you do?” Other times they are nonexistent. I am not sure why I let this happen. I know that prayer to my Maker is as vital as expressing my love to my family. Why then will I stay up so late that prayer goes to the wayside?

  • Church Briefs May 2, 2019

    • National Day of Prayer to be observed May 2

    This year’s Wakulla County National Day of Prayer event will be held Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. The host church for this event will be Real Church, Pastor Glenn Hamil. The church is located at 3167 Coastal Highway in Medart, next to the Dollar General and Wakulla high School.
    Tommy Roberts of Revival Railroad will be leading worship and area pastors will be leading the attendees in prayer for our nation.

  • Being lazy does have its advantages


    As a young boy, my father tried drilling into my brain that laziness was not acceptable in his house. If I wanted to be lazy, I had to go outside. He provided a wonderful role model for me because if my father was anything, he was not lazy. He tried to encourage me not to be lazy.
    Laziness, according to him, was an attack on common decency and energy. After all these years, I have tried to live up to his standard. And yet, I must confess that I have found that laziness may have an advantage or two. I’m leaning towards the two.