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November 30, 2012
Vol. 54 No. 11

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The Chaplain's Corner

Once upon a time I served a congregation, one of whose members thought it wrong to use candles that had burned more than a few inches. This member would tell me (when the candles were still ten or so inches long) that it was time to replace them.

One day I found the courage to say as tactfully as I could: "That's the way it is with candles. They burn. Down." Though it is a fundamental property of candles, this member remained unconvinced.

I am intrigued by how often we seek to deny the essential attributes of a thing. Take, for special instance, the matter of human finitude. God made us a little lower, not a little higher, than the angels.

Like candles, we have limits. Pushed beyond those limits, we burn up or burn out. That's the way it is with human beings. That's the way God planned it.

It's good to expand our capacities in order to grow. It's good to respect our finitude in order to thrive.

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