I Understand
Posted on January 26, 2014

In the Broadway play Grace (which is no longer running), toward the end Ed Asner’s character tells a story. As a child, he was forced by Nazi soldiers to inflict unthinkable abuse upon a young girl. Throughout his life he lived with a burden of guilt, although he had not chosen to commit the crime. Still, he remembered what had been done, and that memory affected his whole outlook. In any event, by accident late in life he bumps into the woman from his childhood. They sit over coffee and talk. Later he reports the encounter to two people he knows. He tells them: “She spoke to me the most beautiful words I ever heard. She took my hand, looked me in the eyes, and said, `I understand’.” Much of the meaning of the play’s title was captured in that story, in fact, in those two words.

Ahead
Posted on January 19, 2014

Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, “You stay here, I'll go on a head.” Okay, that’s a terrible joke. I know. I’m not quite sure what it says about me that I enjoy puns so much, but I do. And, the worse the pun, the better I like it. The one about the hats, though, actually makes a point (if we think about it once we’ve finished grimacing). We have a couple of options in life: Either to park or to drive... either to hang out where we’ve always been or to go on ahead.

Percentages
Posted on January 12, 2014

Last Sunday Greg Walker, a faithful church member of many years and Vice-Chair of the Marble Board, told of a time early in his life when he made a financial commitment to the church. Subsequently, he found himself temporarily without work. He had committed to tithe (biblically, that is to give 10% of one’s income to God’s work). So, Greg said, “It was not too difficult back then, since 10% of nothing is nothing.” That’s a great line! Greater still, though, was his ongoing commitment as times changed and his work and income increased.

Money - and What We Choose to Do With It.
Posted on January 5, 2014

May I speak with you about a too-frequently unpopular topic? The topic is “money” – and what we choose to do with it.