By Rev. Lori Ethridge
Minister to Senior Adults
Last week I took a scouting trip to the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead in order to determine if this destination would be of interest to the senior adults as a day trip. One of the temporary exhibits in the museum was entitled, Atlanta in 50 Objects. The collection of artifacts attempted to answer the question, “What makes Atlanta, Atlanta?” I do not want to spoil any surprises for those who might join me on our excursion to the Atlanta History Center on July 20th, but I might ask you to ponder the question, “What makes Atlanta unique?” You might list Delta Airlines, Chick-Fil-A, or Coca-Cola in your response. You may include personalities such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrew Young, Hank Aaron, or Ted Turner in your short list. Furthermore, in your opinion, what makes Marietta unique? You might include Lockheed or The Big Chicken in your answer, and you could name Otis Brumby, Sr. as a notable figure. More specifically, if you were asked, “What makes Marietta First United Methodist Church unique?” How would you respond?
In Psalm 139 we read that we are knit together in our mother’s womb by God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, yet, specific characteristics of uniqueness are somewhat elusive. If I were to ask you to select fifty objects that epitomized you, which objects would you choose to tangibly depict who you are? As an introduction exercise I was once asked to bring four objects which represented me into a group setting. At the time I had quit my job as a high school French teacher to enter Candler School of Theology; I was a widow with three teenage children. I brought a teacher’s edition of a French textbook, a Bible, a photograph of a cemetery and a model car. The first three objects listed are fairly self-explanatory, but the car represented many other details; I was on the road a lot, commuting to Emory University from Calhoun, and my auto insurance bill was astronomical because of the teen drivers in my household. I am in another season of life now, and would select altogether different objects to represent myself. What about you; which objects would you select to illustrate your story and why? Find someone with whom to share your