June 2017

Dear Members and Friends; 

From time to time, it seems that in the world in which we live, logic and reality escapes even our best and brightest.

A physics professor called on one of his students to list some characteristics of heat and cold.

“Things expand in heat and contract in cold,” answered the student.

“Give an example.”

“In summer,” answered the student, “the days are long and in winter the days are short.”

General MacArthur asked the Lord to build him a kind of son that would serve, follow and make clear his calling.

“Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat and humble and gentle in victory.  Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee … and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge. 

“Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high, a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

“And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously.  Give him humility, simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom and the meekness of true strength.

“Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, ‘I have not lived in vain.” 

I think all of us can relate to MacArthur’s plea. 

Happy Father’s Day,

Merrill

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