The great Dallas sports columnist Blackie Sherrod used to have a weekly column that started with this phrase:

Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to (fill in the name from someone from the past or a person who had faded out of view).

My version would be scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to my 2nd book, “Bring’em Back Alive”? Has anyone heard from it or seen it? Please tell it to call home from whatever bargain bin it is hanging out in.

Yesterday I wrote a column on my struggle with how to respond to ungraceful comments about my faith. I got a thoughtful and kind response from Linda.

As a Catholic and the mother of a Notre Dame student, I have certainly struggled with my response to this situation. My 20 year old Fightin’
Irish son’s response was, as expected, anger, and confusion regarding the seemingly “it’s only Notre Dame fans who are upset” attitude of
ESPN and other media outlets. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you publishing your thoughts on the matter. I have forwarded your column to my son, and I have happily received it from other members of the ND and Christian community. You have said with your words what I have struggled to say with mine!

While we as Christians try to “turn the other cheek” to such thoughtless comments as those made by Ms. Jacobson, it does sometimes
feel so unfair that we seem to have to endure these tirades with a “mature” attitude, but you are exactly correct in your response. If
God can forgive our many indiscretions, we, as his followers, must find it in our hearts to do the same.

While I am sorry to say that praying for Ms. Jacobson was not my first response, it is never too late for prayer. I started mine right after
reading your column.

Thanks Linda. It is never too late for prayer. Sorry about the little dig about Touchdown Jesus being Field Goal Jesus last year. I have seen the Notre Dame upcoming slate of new recruits. I suspect the Irish will soon be back as a national power.

From the you never know what will connect file I give you this item. Crystal wrote that she was watching the State of the Union address when the words to a song by The Youngbloods popped into her mind. It’s okay Crystal…I have a brain like that too. She “googled” the lyrics about everybody coming together and found my iPod devotional on that very song. I had forgotten all about it. Crystal wrote this note last night.

Although a little late, I want to thank you for the intricate gathering of your words….after all, isn’t our existence and live hereafter totally dependent on our comprehension of true hope in Christ? 

Absolutely. And thank you for correctly realizing that my posts are an intricate gathering of words. Others are less graceful in their analysis of the humble ramblings. Here is a little snippet of that post.

I watch the news and my heart aches. I wish we could have peace on earth but I have come to realize that is not possible through human institutions. I truly wish it were possible. The lyrics continue with an interesting twist.

Some will come and some will go
We shall surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last

I am not sure if the writer of this song really believed that Jesus would return for us at last. Christians (present company included) maintain that Jesus will return as one of our articles of faith. But we don’t really live as if we believe that.

You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both

I believe there is one key to love and fear. But we do not hold the key. We do, however, have the opportunity to respond to the key to love and fear. His name is Jesus. Thirty-seven years ago with trembling hand I asked Him to unlock my heart and enter in. I began changing at that moment. And with each passing year I get a little better learning how to…

Love one another right now
Right now
Right now!

And finally, I am blessed that some of you have joined my team in the Mocha Club. For $7 a month we can make an incredible difference in Africa. Think about that. For the cost of a couple of mochas (hence the name) you can feed a child or prevent malaria. And this is a legit and reputable ministry. Click here if you want to join.  There is a box on the right side that says join the Fellowship of the Broken. Click on that.

Seven bucks a month. Why not love one another right now?