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Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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Pastoral Prayers

To Know All Is to Forgive All

The French have a proverb, “To know all is to forgive all.” It also can be translated as “To understand all is to forgive all.” What does that mean? It does not refer to academic knowledge or understanding. Rather it has to do with a knowledge or understanding of people’s behavior, and in particular the behavior of people other than ourselves. If we knew the complete life story of everyone we encounter, we might more readily forgive their failings and foibles.

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The Meaning of Metaphor

A metaphor is a simile that is enlarged or extended or expanded to a much bigger concept than a mere simile. In Coleridge’s long poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, he tells of a lone sailor, lost somewhere in the South Seas, i.e., the South Pacific. It says of him that “he sailed upon a painted ship upon a painted ocean.” The ancient mariner didn’t literally do that, because he was in a small sailboat upon the actual ocean. However, he was actually becalmed in a vast expanse of placid water from which he might never escape, if wind should never again appear. In a short poetic figurative phrase, Coleridge captured the predicament of the old sailor all by himself in a tropical and potentially lethal oceanic calm.

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The Limits of Language

Certain events leave an indelible impression on us, and we cannot find words which sufficiently describe what we experience. Seeing the Grand Canyon is always like that for me. Seeing a newborn baby the first time, especially one’s own child or grandchild, may create a similar awe-stricken moment.

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Our 15th Anniversary: Backward and Forward

Being a pastor of a congregation our size also has been the happiest pastorate I have had in 54 years of ministry. Large churches are more stressful than small churches, and greater numbers of people in worship invariably affects the nature of worship. Things are more casual here than they were even in Bayfield, Wisconsin, where there were almost a hundred in attendance each Sunday, or Warren, Ohio, where there were about seventy-five. I can honestly report to you that it is almost a totally unmitigated pleasure and not at all a burden to be the pastor of The Chapel Without Walls!

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Ascribing God

In the Genesis account of creation, it is God who is ascribed to be the Creator. When Abraham left the city of Ur in the land of Mesopotamia and ultimately went to the land of Canaan, God is the one the Hebrews ascribed to inspire Abraham to make that courageous journey. When the very elderly Abraham and his wife Sarah became parents of a son, the Bible gives the ascription for that birth to God. When baby Moses was rescued from the Nile River by the Pharaoh’s daughter, that highly unlikely occurrence was ascribed to the intervention of God. When the Red Sea parted, when Joshua and the Israelites conquered Canaan, when Gideon led the Israelites to defeat the Midianites, these occurrences were ascribed to God. The Israelites had no doubt God was the cause of all these things, and therefore they ascribed them to God.

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