Besides breaking down the UK/UL game, Jamie and I will be discussing family life as a needed priority in our lives, as well as his Sunday School lesson from this past weekend at Southeast Christian about St. Francis of Assisi's Sermon to the Birds, circa AD 1220, in which he declared to his winged friends:
"My little sisters the birds, ye owe much to God, your Creator, and ye ought to sing his praise at all times and in all places, because he has given you liberty to fly about into all places; and though ye neither spin nor sew, he has given you a twofold and a threefold clothing for yourselves and for your offspring. Two of all your species he sent into the Ark with Noe that you might not be lost to the world; besides which, he feeds you, though ye neither sow nor reap. He has given you fountains and rivers to quench your thirst, mountains and valleys in which to take refuge, and trees in which to build your nests; so that your Creator loves you much, having thus favoured you with such bounties. Beware, my little sisters, of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praise to God."
Jamie and I go way back to my days as a Methodist Christian and an active member in the vibrant youth group at Lexington's Centenary United Methodist Church, in which Jamie served as a young adult counselor (in other words, Jamie is a good bit older than me). I'll always appreciate the time Jamie invested influencing my faith and conduct as a growing Christian disciple. Few people can make me think--and laugh--as much as Jamie Nally.
When I was living on campus at UK with my very close friend, Mike Burton (who would die of cancer only a few years later), Jamie made a habit of meeting us for breakfast at the UK Commons area to share conversations about sports and Jesus Christ. Though 25+ years have passed since we have lived in the same town, Jamie and I remain close friends, and I especially appreciate the fact that our friendship has not changed since my surprising journey to the Catholic Church.