I had a profound thought this morning while sitting in church. I should have been listening more attentively to the sermon I suppose, but I was thinking of what a relative said about our AIM (Assistant in Ministry) who gave a sermon on Easter. We kindly let our seats go to the C and E members (you know - they attend on Christmas and Easter), and stayed home. So we missed that sermon. A family member made a statement about the sermon.
The statement was brought to mind this morning because she was preaching again this morning. The statement all centered around one small word. That word is "but."
Long ago I heard a statement that when that word is used in a sentence the real meaning of the sentence follows that word. This person said "I love ______, BUT ( and there it is!) she read the sermon, and I was bored by that.
Innocent enough, right. Nope - not by a long shot. This person doesn't love _____ because this person was rebuffed by _____ because this person didn't want to follow the rules to join the church. This person feels above rules a lot of the time.
It did get me to thinking though. Our AIM delivers very thought provocating sermons. She hasn't been to formal seminary. She has had training, but certainly not in sermon writing and presentation. Even so, she does a great job. I know I would have to depend heavily on "reading." Our beloved previous pastor (whom this relative "loved and respected") read his sermons to a certain degree.
Excuse me for a second - gotta put the soap box away.
I finally downloaded the pictures of the tool of terror that used to reside in my catch all utensil drawer. BTW - the finger is still a bit tender. Thought I would share. Actually there are two (with a third somewhere - and that scares me a lot). So here are the two. One a bit longer than the other. Nice little curved, SHARP pieces of metal for turning steaks and chops - and slicing tender fingers
|See those curled pieces with the sharp point!!! Sorry about the cutting board that was branded with a hot iron skillet lid!|
|A closer look of the instruments of doom. The bottom isn't focused well because it sticks up so far.|