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Bread that Returns to Bless

I spoke recently at a Men’s Breakfast for a nearby church.  Present at that gathering was a man who had been a member of a neighboring church where I had served as Interim Pastor thirty-two years previously. Unfortunately, his wife was having memory issues, and it prompted him to share a story with me.  A few days earlier he had been going through one of his wife’s purses in an attempt to help her find something, when his hand felt a cassette tape at the bottom of a purse.  Removing the cassette, he looked at the writing on the side, which said, “Dr. Crawford’s Sermon” followed by a date.  Following a brief “Wow’ and a comment or two from me, he said, “Dr. Crawford. You have no idea how many of your sermons are at the bottom of women’s purses.”  This man went on to recall in some detail, another sermon I had preached as his Interim Pastor – 32 years ago.  What an awesome encouragement that was to me and a timely reminder that we who preach and teach need never take our presentations lightly.  Some who hear us, will remember. The writer of Ecclesiastes was correct, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Ecclesiastes 11:1).

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