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Chappy’s corner “sounds of silence”

Ole, Sven, and Lars went to Mexico for a vacation.  They were arrested for disorderly conduct and sentenced to die in the electric chair.  Sven is the first to be strapped in the electric chair and the guards ask if he has any last words.  Sven says, "I just graduated from St. John's College in Minnesota, with a degree in divinity studies, and I am a good Christian man ... but if it is God's will for me to die, so be it." The guards throw the switch and nothing happens.  The guards get on their knees and say, "You are surely a Godly man and we are going to let you go." Lars is next to being strapped into the electric chair and the guards ask if he has any last words.  Lars says, "I just graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, with a degree in divinity studies, and I am a God fearing man.  If it is my time to die, it is God's will." The guards throw the switch and nothing happens.  The guards say, "You also are a Godly man and we are going to let you go." Ole is the last to be strapped into the electric chair.  The guards ask him if he has any last words.  Ole says, "Well, I just graduated from South Dakota Tech in electrical engineering ... and I'll tell you right now, if you don't plug that thing in, it isn’t going to work."

Give Ole credit for knowing what was wrong, but in this case being silent would have been a wiser course of action.  But in our world today we are bombarded by people who want to tell us what’s wrong with the world, how to fix and why they know everything.  Everyone has their opinion and they want the world to know it.  Most folks want to share what they know about fishing and football, about money investments and raising children.  But how many want to sit and listen?  The bible says “there is a time to keep silence and a time to speak.”(Ecclesiastes 3:7)

Jesus did that!  The Bible records the words of Jesus but it also reveals how Jesus took time to listen to the people; to hear their questions and concerns.  Most of all it reveals how Jesus took time to talk to His heavenly Father through prayer.  Jesus knew everything, but he chooses when to speak and when to be silent.  At his death on the cross Jesus was silent except for a few phrases. One of those phrases was “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23: 34) At that time Jesus job was to be our Savior who would give his life so we could be forgiven for all the wrongs we have done, thought and said.

We are all guilty at times for saying the wrong words, that’s why it is important to be able to say, “I’m sorry” and even more important to say “You are forgiven!”  For healthy homes, strong marriages and great friendships it is vital to have good communication that involves both a time to speak and time to be silent.

That’s just my thoughts from this sunny SE corner of South Dakota but to thank all for taking the time to read this far, I share this closing story.  A preacher worked on his sermon during the week and in the process kept thinking I sure hope Fred comes to church this Sunday because this sermon applies directly to him.  By the weekend a blizzard hit the area but the preacher trudged through the snow opened the church and prepared for worship.  No one came. He was about to close the doors, when in walks Fred who asked “Is there going to be church today?” The preacher said, “Yes” and they had the service which included the pastor’s sermon. As the preacher shared the message he kept thinking, “At least Fred was here to hear this sermon!”  After the service was over, Fred shook the pastor’s hand and said, “Pastor in all my years here I believe that was the best sermon you ever preached. It’s just too bad the folks who really needed to hear that sermon couldn’t be here today.”  Sometimes no matter what one says, no one listens!

CH (COL) David Gunderson

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