Notes for the New Year

It's the New Year and the “Serenity of Knowing” continues at a steady pace. There's a lot to leave behind in 2010 except for the many steps closer I got in this journey of exploration through King James. Laura continues to take pictures of my work and in 2011 hopes to put together a small book of photos and handwritten Bible passages. Here's a recent conversation we had about the Serenity of Knowing in the glow of the New Year.

Which Bible passage from your work in 2010 stays with you? The entire Book of Ruth continues to be my favorite thus far, with its message of loyalty and integrity. On the other hand, Proverbs left me in awe as it continuously delved into various ways to sidestep evil. It didn"t preach so much as it spoke eloquently.

What part of the Bible that you've got coming up in 2011 are you the most curious about? That"s a hard one. With the exception of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, I have to confess my ignorance of pretty much everything that comes after Isaiah. However, The Books of the Apocrypha hold the greatest mystery, as they have never been visited in any of my religious education. With that said, however, I do seem to remember some mention of Maccabees.

How do you keep on going on days when you feel sick? 
For one thing I"ve started writing in bed. I"ve outfitted my room in such a way, that on the difficult days, of which there seem to be quite a few, I don"t even have to get up. I keep prepared paper, pens, and a couple of research Bibles right next to me in my nightstand. In the end, though, it"s the compelling nature of the work itself that keeps me driven. I remain as excited about the prospects of what I will find as I was when I first wrote the words, "In the beginning.”

As published in the January 2011 issue of "St. Peter's Press," the monthly newsletter of St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, New York.