Shedding Some Light

As time goes by

During a recent shut-in call to members residing in the Alzheimer wing, I struck up a conversation with the recreation director, who was entertaining a group of residents, reading stories and telling jokes. After sharing an Ole and Lena joke of my own, I told the director that I had recently heard he had a connection to the congregation I serve. After struggling for a moment to recall which member of my parish had told me of this relationship, I finally confessed that, for the life of me, I could not remember. One of the Alzheimer residents said, “That’s how it starts.” When I began to laugh, he replied, “At least someone gets it.”

Rev. Jeffrey Bloom
Lincoln, Neb.

Surprise endings

  • Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

  • A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

  • The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

Kathryn Gritts
St. Louis, Mo.

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