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Ben Bullington Memorial

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This post is the manuscript of a sermon from the memorial service for Ben Bullington that was held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Roanoke, VA this morning, the church where Ben grew up.He was an amazing man, according to his obituary and eulogies done by two of his siblings.It was a lovely service and I was honored to be a part of it.My husband was on the bulletin to preach but I felt moved to tell the story of my unlikely encounter with Ben, five days after he died.It is a brief sermon and worth the time to dig through to the story of this encounter and what I learned from it, about Ben and about myself.Peace.
December 28, 2013 Memorial Service for Benjamin Parrott Bullington St. John’s, Roanoke Psalm 121 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Rev. Kathy Dunagan
I am not The Rev. Dr. Joe Dunagan.I am, in fact, The Rev. Mrs. Rev. Dr. Joe Dunagan, a.k.a. Kathy.Joe and I have both written homilies for today and we decided to use mine because I have a story I want to share with you. Though this is a homily, …

Saint Nicholas Trophies

Yesterday I saw a decapitated deer carcass by the side of the road of my commute. Deer carcasses are sadly a frequency by the rural roads I travel to work, but the vehicle that may or may not have caused the death of this buck did not decapitate him. His head had been severed by a human. This was obvious to me, even in a glance. Who would do this for a trophy and leave behind the remains like so much trash for someone else to clean up? I was left pondering such trophy hunting and remembering concern for elephants, gorillas and other victims of massacre. Then I had to ask myself what kind of trophies I seek. I had a friend once who collected Santas. Her home was decorated for Christmas with such abundance of beauty that one couldn’t help but feel delighted and invited to express the joy of the season. She had a Christmas tree in every room of her Victorian gingerbread house. Each room had a theme, and my favorite was the Santa room. The tree in this room had only Santa Clause ornament…