The Kiss

I am moved by this story as told by Richard Selzer. I stand by the bed where a young woman lies, her face post operative, her mouth twisted in palsy; clownish.  A tiny twig of the facial nerve, the one to the muscles of her mouth, has been severed. She will be thus from now on. The […]

Don’t Rob Yourself of Struggle

    A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole.  Then, it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had got as far as it could […]

I Was Caught Speeding

    I was caught speeding.  The date was August 22nd, 1956.  It was a Saturday, when two car loads of our church people were leaving Jackson, Michigan going to a baseball game in Detroit. I was driving the lead car.  As we were leaving town, the police pulled me over.  They had caught me in […]

Ten Cannots

    Think through these “Ten Cannots” by Abraham Lincoln. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor man by […]

Melted Saints

     George Sweeting, in his book, “The No-Guilt Guide to Witnessing,” tells that during a serious shortage of currency in Great Britain, Oliver Cromwell selected a group of men to search for silver to meet the need.  Several months later they filed this report: “We have searched the empire in vain to find silver.  To […]