Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, November 27, 2003 12:07 pm

Hazardous duty, or, No good deed goes unpunished

Filed under: Hooper — Lex @ 12:07 pm

Went to the Thanksgiving service this morning, where Sid gave a sermon on the virtues of gratitude, among them:

  • Better physical and mental health.
  • Less tendency toward a world view shaped by a false sense of independence and self-reliance.
  • Less of an entitlement mentality.

My favorite part of this service every year is that people bring canned food for charity, and the children, even the very young ones who don’t normally come to “big church,” go up and down the big center aisle of our 1,500-seat sanctuary, gathering the cans and bags and bringing them up front.

Victoria, a veteran of this operation, performed with neither enticement nor complaint. Hooper, figuring anything Sissie was doing had to be cool, decided he wanted to help, although he wanted me to come with him. He went halfway down the aisle, found two cans, took them up front and returned toward the aisle to make another trip.

Unfortunately, one of our associate pastors was standing at the head of the aisle and was being handed a big bag of cans just as Hooper approached. As the pastor turned, a can in the bag whacked Hooper in the side of the head. Naturally, he burst into tears, requiring his removal from the sanctuary for the remainder of the service (as well as a damp paper towel to the side of his head).

I suppose there’s a lesson or metaphor of some kind in there somewhere. Me? I’m just glad the skin wasn’t broken.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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