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As Good As It Gets

One of my favorite movies is As Good As It Gets, the 1997 film starring Jack Nicholson who plays an obsessive-compulsive author of more than sixty romance novels named Melvin Udall. He lives alone in a spacious New York City apartment behind a door bolted with no less than four locks. He spends hours each day writing about love and romance. How Melvin does this is astounding when you look at the reality of his loveless, romance-less, solitary life.

When asked by a female fan how he writes his women characters so well he responds, "I think of a man and then I take away reason and accountability." Insulting everyone with whom he comes in contact is another favored pastime. He consistently gives voice to his prejudice and bigotry, whether it's against his gay neighbor or the Jewish patrons of his favorite restaurant who dare to sit at his favorite table. You might say that this man is flawed.

And yet, even this very flawed man, as neurotic as he is, has found a key and latched on to it. Melvin knows two things: he needs to be fed and he needs to be loved. Fortunately, for him, he has found both in the long-suffering waitress that tends to Melvin at his favorite restaurant, Carol, played by Helen Hunt. The movie takes you on an excruciating and exquisite journey of two wounded people negotiate the most improbable of romances and wrestle their behavior, fears, doubts and anxieties on their way to love.

The 5,000 people that Jesus fed in Matthew 14 also knew what Melvin Udall did and they came to Jesus hoping to find it. The story says that everyone ate until they were filled. To eat until you are satisfied is having more than just a full stomach. It is a sense of wellbeing, a sense of emotional as well as physical fulfillment. To go to a dinner that someone else is hosting and come away filled is to know that your host values your being and isn't that a definition of love? To value one’s being and seek their fulfillment?

To be a disciple of Jesus is to have the extraordinary opportunity to sit at the feet of the Master and feel the love of God wash over you. It is to have a place at the feast where body and soul are nourished to the point of true satisfaction. It is a place where the heart finds peace and contentment and the body is restored to health and vigor for the work of sharing what we have found in a few morsels of bread and fish and the words that inspire us to love our Savior and each other even more.

This is as good as it gets!



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St. Thomas is a vibrant, welcoming, Christian community cultivating mind, body & spirit through worship, fellowship, and service, loving our neighbors as ourselves

The Rev. Jeff Douglas, Rector

Our Staff:
       Parish Secretary
       Julie Bazemore
       Musician:
       Jonathan Johnston
Our Vestry:
       Claudia Griffin,Sr. Warden
       Michael Steczak, Jr. Warden
       Brenda Hewitt,Clerk
       Ernie Carter,Treasurer
       David Simons
       Fred Liverman
       Rob Outland
       Martie Tayloe
       Dr. Charles Sawyer
       Buddy Jones

Parish Commissions:

Administration:
       David Simons
       Ernie Carter, Treas.
       
Parish Life/Communications:
       Brenda Hewitt
       
Pastoral Care:
       Martie Tayloe
       Claudia Griffin, Sr. Warden
       
Worship:
       Dr. Charles Sawyer
       The Rev. Jeff Douglas
       
Buildings & Grounds
       Mike Steczak, Jr. Warden
       
Christian Education & Youth
       Buddy Jones
       Rob Outland
       
Outreach
       Fred Liverman
       
If you would like to volunteer or have ideas about how St. Thomas' can have a more effective ministry in these areas, contact the appropriate person and make St. Thomas' ministry even better.