In a few weeks, my final “Buzz” column will appear in Christian Standard. I’ve been writing the column since 2003 or 2004, so long that I can’t remember and also can’t double-check because the first editions are on a laptop under my bed that no longer works.
Beginning in July, the new owners and new publisher of the magazine will re-launch with a new slate of columnists. Very few of us have been invited to keep writing, in fact. I’m not surprised by this, but I am a little saddened. For over a decade, the monthly deadline has been a regular rhythm of my life, and I’ve loved finding and telling hundreds of stories about unique ways people in the Christian churches and Churches of Christ are serving God. I’m disappointed I won’t be able to tell you about the stuff I was working on for July and beyond, stuff about Orchard Group’s Global Cities Initiative and Johnson University’s Certificate program in Spanish and Pioneer Bible Translator’s new oral translations of the Bible. I’m sad I won’t have an excuse to interview people I’d never otherwise get to talk to, especially those like the older southern gentleman who said, “Now ma’am, can you say that again? Because you are talking faster than I can hear.” And of course I’ll miss pontificating my opinions in my monthly editorial, even when they occasioned reader responses like, “Shame on you Jennifer Johnson, you don’t impress me at all.”
The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, ““Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” From our own tradition, the writer of Ecclesiastes put it this way: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” The ancients were reminding us “It is what it is” long before we clichéd it, and so I am accepting their wisdom. I’m choosing to go with this flow, close this chapter, end this season, and look forward with anticipation to the next challenge.
It’s been a great privilege to chronicle the stories of our movement for
14 years….. 13 years….so many years. Thanks for reading.