Author: Buddy McElhannon

  • God’s Paintbrush at Work

    God’s Paintbrush at Work

    I have mixed emotions about Facebook. But one feature I do enjoy is the occasional memories that pop up. These heartwarming reminders, more often than not, spark a laugh, prompt a smile, or, more likely, a shake of the head as I wonder — has it been that long? This week’s Facebook memory is a […]

  • What’s So Good About Good Friday?

    What’s So Good About Good Friday?

    Matthew 27:45-46:  Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, la′ma sabach-tha′ni?” that is, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”   As one ponders these last words of Christ on the cross, […]

  • Misty Eyes and the Ashokan Farewell Waltz

    Misty Eyes and the Ashokan Farewell Waltz

    Music has power — to elevate your mood, lower stress, and even improve your blood flow. Depending on the tempo and chord progression, music can calm one’s spirit or tug tenderly on your heartstrings. I was reminded recently of one melody that, for me, often prompts a search for Kleenex.  Three notes and my eyes […]

  • Woke is Broke

    I usually steer clear of too much political opining, but a recent Facebook post by a friend prompted me to ponder in writing what it means to be “woke.”  Unless you have been on Mars for the past several years, you know that the verb describing the status of sleep has morphed into an adjective […]

  • The Wings of Angels

    COVID is a curse, straight from the Pit. I know people who have had it, and I know people who have died from it.  The reflection below is a true account of an event last Fall.  What exactly happened, neither my wife nor I are completely sure. What we do know is that regardless of […]

  • I Love Pink Balls and I Cannot Lie

    I Love Pink Balls and I Cannot Lie

    Allow me to be more specific.  I love pink GOLF balls.  Especially the pink florescent golf balls given to me by my granddaughter. For you non-golfers out there, golf balls come in a variety of colors with white being the dominant color by far.  Unless you are playing in the snow, then you have bigger […]

  • Raising Parents

    Recently, a colleague sought prayer for discerning the role he and his wife should play regarding their aging parents. The request sparked a number of memories and suggestions as to what they could be doing now. Though my parents have been gone for over a decade, the memories of their last years still linger. Fond […]

  • Reclaiming the Wonder

    Reclaiming the Wonder

    I fear the older we get, the greater we risk growing indifferent, if not callous, to the marvels of the world around us. With the constant barrage of political news, the addiction to social media, and our hectic Western lifestyle, we Americans are easily distracted. And, as often happens, we lose our sense of awe of […]

  • Conversations With A Four-Year-Old

    Life is full of tears, fears, and cheers.  Hopefully, it is also punctuated with moments of sheer laughter.  This post has but one purpose — to put a smile on your face and inspire you to take notes when in conversation with any four-year-olds who inhabit your universe. One of life’s fundamental realities is that […]

  • The Eight Most Overlooked, Under-Appreciated, and Often Ignored Words in the Bible

    Words matter.  Words have power.  The saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” may fend off the verbal assaults of childhood bullies, but the fact remains, words can hurt.  Deeply.  Broken bones heal, while the emotional wounds of spiteful words may linger for a lifetime. Yet, words can […]