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Date : 2005-10-10

Welcome to B.R.E.W. MONDAY
October 10, 2005
Written and Published by Kirk Byron Jones

Be Still
Receive God's Love
Embrace Personhood
Welcome the Day


1. Reflection
2. Testimony
4. Review/Request

1. Reflection

The Upside of Down--Part 2

In my book, Rest in the Storm: Self Care Strategies
for Clergy and Other Caregivers, I write about the time I
came to a sudden stop while delivering a sermon:

"Midway through the sermon, I turned to my seminary
friend, Earl Trent, then pastor of St. Paul's Church, and said
tersely, "I can't go on!" I had come to my limit. I felt
no physical pain, just a deep sense of fatigue that told me
I could not go on. I had experienced the feeling before,
but never to the extent that I needed to end a sermon
in progress, and certainly, never to the point of being
forced to bow to that weariness so abruptly and so

That "down moment" happened 17 years ago, but I have
learned more from it, perhaps, than any other single
experience in my life. That experience initiated a journey
into the relationship between the physical and the
spiritual that continues to this day. That "down" turned
out to be a great summit in my life.

We don't have to moan and mope through difficult times;
we can assume the role of student, weary and worn though
we may be, and listen, and learn.  

2. Testimony

My son, Jared, has a great music web site and a
song that gives his version of the up side of down.
Listen to "Down" at:

Pass the site info on to your musical friends.

Thanks son.


"Beauty remains, even in misfortune. If you look for it,
you discover more and more happiness and you regain
your balance."

                                          Anne Frank

"The greater the challenge; the greater the growth."


4. Reviews/Request

Morning B.R.E.W. reviews may be read at the
following locations:


Please pass them on to your friends who may need a
little encouragement to have some B.R.E.W.

Another request: If you responded to my Albuquerque
radio interview with Peter Benson, please email
me your address so I can send you your free copy
of Morning B.R.E.W. Thanks.


Brewfully yours

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