Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Choosing to Be Tall

When I was a pastor my pet peeve was mistakes in the bulletin. Of course no matter how irritated they made me they always happened and I had to learn to be charitable of our secretary's mistakes as she and the rest of the church was toward mine (sorry to say it took me longer!).

This past Sunday I attended worship at the church of a friend of mine and what did I encounter when the time came for us to read the scripture for the morning. You guessed it! And so did the rest of the church, but it was a typo that really made me think.

The scripture is Luke 2:14, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to all men." But the scripture in the bulletin read, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to tall men"! Needless to say there were chuckles throughout the congregation.

But isn't it true that in so many ways we figure that there is grace, good will and peace that only goes to a select few.

The recent economic woes, the uncertainty of the future, the incoming administration, indeed any number of things often conspire to divide the world into winners and losers.

The fact is, we are often on different ends of a continuum: we are poor and rich, black and white, Republican, Democrat or Independent. But the future belongs to all of us to create and this season should remind us that we can all share in a good will accessible to us all.

No matter where it is modeled or heralded. Whether Washington D.C. or Heaven itself we can choose a reflect a good will that is intended to characterize humanity and help each of us rise to become our better selves.

We all actually have the chance to choose whether we are 'tall' or not!

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