Odds & Ends: August 2018
A sermon on legs
I’d rather see a sermon
than hear one any day:
I’d rather one would walk with me
than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil,
and more willing than the ear.
Fine council is confusing,
but example’s always clear.
—Edgar A. Guest
A safe haven
Don’t ride in automobiles; they cause 20 percent of all fatal accidents. Don’t stay at home; 17 percent of all accidents occur in the home. Don’t walk on the street or the sidewalk; 14 percent of all accidents happen to pedestrians. Don’t travel by air, rail or water; 16 percent of all accidents happen on these. However, only 0.001 percent of all deaths reported occur in worship services. Therefore, the safest place for you to be is in church. Sunday school is also relatively safe.
Prayer from the heart
John Bunyan said, “In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” A story told by a 19th-century Jewish rabbi shares the same idea:
A disheveled old man entered a synagogue for the first time. Not realizing he was holding the prayer book upside down, he tried to follow the congregation’s singing, but his words were incorrect. Finally, he simply looked toward heaven, repeating one Hebrew word over and over.
After worship, some people complained to the rabbi, “Why didn’t you ask him to leave?” He replied, “That man said more to God with his one word than some of us will ever say in our whole lives. God hears the words of the heart.”
The road of life
God of our life,
there are days when the burdens we carry
chafe our shoulders and weigh us down;
when the road seems dreary and endless,
the skies gray and threatening;
when our lives have no music in them,
and our hearts are lonely,
and our souls have lost their courage.
Flood the path with light,
turn our eyes to where
the skies are full of promise;
tune our hearts to brave music;
give us the sense of comradeship
with heroes and saints of every age;
and so quicken our spirits
that we may be able to encourage
the souls of all who journey with us
on the road of life,
to your honor and glory.