I really enjoyed my church’s Bible study group last night.  Actually, going through Margaret Feinberg’s Scouting the Divine: Searching for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey has been a rewarding experience overall, for the people in the group have opened up about such issues as service, how they pray, how they study the Bible, etc.

I especially liked a story my pastor told about how he worked at a retirement home and became friends with one of the residents there, and my pastor was sad when that resident died.  Speaking personally, I think that service can be a rewarding experience for me, if it’s confined to me visiting and socializing with people who are lonely, such as the elderly or the sick.  I can also tutor people one-on-one, which I’ve been good at in the past.  But when service becomes a job in which intense demands are placed on me and I’m evaluated, or I’m given a bunch of tasks that I have difficulty handling, then service is not rewarding, anymore.

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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