Posts by Gary Massey

Casting Anxieties

Last Saturday evening, our youth group gathered at our house. They laugh, and horseplay, and laugh, and tell inside jokes, and laugh. We threw a football, failed to launch potatoes, and ate lots of pizza and wings. The young people are full of life and fun to be around. Toward the end, we gathered in the living room in a big circle…

Identity Crisis

Recently, I had the opportunity to counsel a lady who had been laid off from her job. The layoff happened a couple of years ago, but she was still reeling from the shock. What made the feelings worse was that her employer had kept a younger, attractive employee with less seniority, less experience, and fewer skills. The reason was obvious. They wanted…

Incessant Barking

Our 7-month old puppy loves to chew. When you are not petting him, he is looking for something to chew. He will eat leaves, sticks, and napkins – all the way down. A few days ago, he vomited up a water bottle cap. So when we cannot watch him, we must put him in his crate. But when we eat dinner, he…

New Opportunities

A few months ago, the elders approached several people involved with the Education Ministry at the congregation to evaluate our Bible Class offerings. Several meetings were held and people consulted. Studying and praying followed. Then, a proposal was returned to the elders in response to their request. The proposal was a revamping of our adult Bible Class program. The elders took the…

But It’s Not Fair

The light sparkles off the shiny wrapping paper on all the gifts. The lights from the tree above make the gifts look warm and mysterious.The children come back over and over to inspect, and shake, and guess what might be inside. They count how many have their names, and how many have the other kids’ names. After the gifts are opened, someone…

Who Can You Trust?

My son shows me an advertising flyer that came in the mail. He says, “I’m going to scratch these off.” I glance at it, see that it is an advertisement asking recipients to scratch off a substance to reveal something underneath that might result in a prize. I say, “Ok.” A couple minutes later, he brings it back with a huge smile.…

Imposters

A man sees an email from me telling him to go to the store and buy a gift card and to reply to the email with the number from the gift card. The man calls me and tells me he can’t get the gift card right now because of an appointment. I tell him, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Then,…

Inter-Dependence

Thanksgiving night, my wife and I are sitting the Emergency Room. I have a towel wrapped around the middle finger on my left hand. The knife blade had sliced diagonally across the main knuckle. The knife was sharp,so it didn’t really hurt, but you could feel it. The doctor meticulously sews five stitches, telling me I won’t be able to bend my…

The Banality of Evil

The sales lady asks me if I need help. I tell her I’m just looking. She tells me where she’ll be if I need her. Then, she says she is trying to get some clothes sorted while she does not have to be looking out for thieves. I ask if that has been a problem. She tells me about two incidents the…

A Legacy of Gratitude

All the fourth graders were lined up in chairs at the side of the classroom with parents seated in the center. At each one’s turn, the 9 and 10 year-olds go to the front of the classroom, gather their visual aids,and read a speech. Each speech tells the story of an ancestor, mostly grandparents and great-grandparents. We hear about World War II…