Giving and Receiving

Father's HandThe capacity to give cannot be greater than the gifts one has received; and, a gift given is incomplete until it is truly received.

Giving and Receiving is an essay published yesterday at Christ and Claus.

The article incorporates some reminiscences back to my youth Sunday School teaching days at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville.

Graham GreeneGraham Greene, the noted British novelist, and playwright said once that there were only three great themes to be considered: sex, money, and God. He is quoted in his 1943 book A Ministry of Fear,  “Behind the complicated details of the world stand the simplicities: God is good, the grown-up man or woman knows the answer to every question, there is such a thing as truth, and justice is as measured and faultless as a clock. Our heroes are simple: they are brave, they tell the truth, they are good swordsmen and they are never in the long run really defeated. That is why no later books satisfy us like those which were read to us in childhood—for those promised a world of great simplicity of which we knew the rules, but the later books are complicated and contradictory with experience; they are formed out of our own disappointing memories.”

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