Posts by Gary Massey

A Close-Up

The light from her headband shines brightly into my eyes. My jaws are tired from holding them open while she probes by gums and examines my teeth. Pretty soon, I begin to wonder what she sees in my nose. She says she never even notices people’s noses – she only cares about teeth. But that seems impossible to me. She knows how…

Beneath the Surface

My wife and two daughters all have beautiful, lustrous hair. This week, I was reminded that long hair comes with a cost: clogged drains. The best way I have found to remove clogs from drains is a long plastic stick with barbs on both sides. You can buy one in a hardware store for less than five dollars. The stick is flexible…

Ready for the Storm

According to the Tennessee Valley Authority, 2018 was the wettest year on record for the Tennessee River Valley. That’s the most rain in 129 years and almost 36% more than the twenty-year average. This week, our city has received more than 6 inches of rain, and more than 8 inches for the month. This is already almost double the February average. Houses…

In the Face of Death

When I walk into the restaurant, my face lights up when see an older man who has been sick for several months. The retired preacher has been diagnosed with a progressive brain condition. His face is happy and his voice is clear, but his words are disturbing. He explains that he is already unable to drive because of memory loss. He still…

Calculated Risk

This summer, we are planning a trip to Israel. During the trip, we will be helping excavate ancient Shiloh, where the Tabernacle was located during most of the period of the Judges. As part of our participation, the archaeological association requires us to have travel insurance. This week, I research and where to buy the insurance. They provide coverage for cancelled trips,…

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…