Home Improvement

For the last few weeks Amy and I have been at a little home improvement project. We have built a rather rustic stone patio and fire pit in the back yard. Amy and I know how to build a fire but we have never designed and constructed a stone patio for a fire (did I mention it was rustic?) You will be happy to know that so far our marriage has survived our efforts. True, Amy did hurl a twenty pound slab of flagstone at me, but fortunately her aim was off. Last Saturday evening we warmed ourselves before a fire and watched the stars sail by and the earth spin on.

This week I was warmed by another welcome fire. At the Fall Georgia Cooperative Baptist Fellowship meeting Chuck Bugg was the keynote speaker. Spending time with Chuck and Diane was an occasion to warm by the fires of our shared home. Years ago the Buggs came to Augusta and shared their ministry with First Baptist during the 80s. He went on to teach at Southern Seminary and I happened to be one of his students. The Buggs placed stones and kindled fires that I am blessed – we are blessed – to enjoy today.

And so it has been down through the ages – ministers, laity, members and strangers have offered voices and shoulders; tears and laughter that have strengthened our home.

You and I are laying stones for those who will follow us. As the nights grow longer and the air colder may the fires that warm you be kindled out of love for others. Who knows who will gather up to our glow only to pass the warmth on to others?

Grace to you,


“You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 14, 16)

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