July 14, 2019

Love Is What We Need
Pentecost 5,
Year C
Deacon Cindy Roehl

A young pastor was sitting in a restaurant eating lunch. He opened a letter from his mother he
just got that morning. As he opened it a twenty-dollar bill fell out. He thought: “Thanks, mom, I
could use that right about now.” As he finished his meal he noticed a beggar outside on the
sidewalk leaning against the light post. He thought: “That fella could probably use the $20 more
than I.”

So he crossed out the names on the envelope and put the $20 in the envelope and wrote across
the top in large letters. “PERSEVERE!” So as not to make a scene, he put the envelope under his
arm and dropped it as he walked past the man. The man picked it up and read the message and
smiled. The next day, while the pastor was eating his lunch, the same man tapped him on the
shoulder and handed him a big wad of bills. Surprised the young pastor asked him what that was
for? The man replied, this is your half of the winnings. “PERSEVERE” came in first in the
fourth race at the track yesterday, and he paid 30 to 1…

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