It had been in a plastic baggie under my desk at home for years. I knew it was there, but I had not picked it up to look at it for quite some time. For whatever reason, that day, I pulled it out of the bag. The leather cover is parched and cracking, and the pages are coming out of my grandfather’s Bible. I saw that it was presented to him on Dec. 25, 1946, by a Sunday school class at the First Baptist Church of Leesville, where he served as pastor.
I bet the Sunday school class didn’t know that they were giving me a gift some 64 years later. Let me explain.
Over the course of this weekend, the Republican Party of Wisconsin will be voting on whether or not they should add seceding from the United States to their official platform, an idea pushed forward by the Tea Party.
Unless you are from Wisconsin, you are probably wondering why this matters (other than the fact that the Saints play the Vikings in week three this season).
The Thanksgiving holiday may have just ended, but at DART, we are savoring an entire season of thanks. We could not exist, grow and meet the particular needs of bruised and frightened families without the kindness of our friends and supporters. It is the compassion and generosity of many different community and campus groups which enables us not only to meet fundamental needs such as shelter and safety, but also the deeper needs of comfort and encouragement. Allow me to name just a few of the ways in which we benefit from the spirit of goodness in our community.