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RALPH’S WALK

   Posted by: pastordiehl   in Uncategorized

Former Portland, Oregon, Pastor Dale Galloway, tells this story that occurred at his church a few years ago:

On a cold, windy morning with the wind chill factor well below zero, the orphan boy, Ralph, walked to church. His friend, Mr. Kennedy, greeted him as he came in the door, “Glad to see you, Ralph.  Sure is cold out there today.”

With a smile Ralph said, “I sure did get cold walking this morning.” Surprised, the older man inquired, “You mean you walked here to church this morning?”

Ralph replied, “Yep, I didn’t have money for bus fare.”

“Well, how far did you walk, Ralph?”

“I walked four miles.”

Mr. Kennedy asked Ralph, “How many churches did you pass along the way walking four miles?” Ralph thought for a moment. “I passed twenty-two churches.”

Impressed, Mr. Kennedy said, “Ralph, why did you pass all those churches just to come to our church on this cold morning?”

Ralph smiled widely and said, “Because I’ve discovered that here they love a fella like me.”

Let’s work together to make a few more people feel that way.

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2 comments so far

Molly Adams
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Finding acceptance and welcoming love has been the most difficult part about moving to Indiana for our family. We were so blessed to be a part of a small close knit church in Michigan, where everybody knew everybody. While I am learning that being part of big church has advantages, it was difficult in the beginning. I just want to encourage people to reach out to those new faces (and even the ones you have seen for a while, but never talked to), to love “a fella like me” who may be feeling far from home and far from accepted or welcome. A church body has such great opportunity in days like these, and we need to learn to make the most of them. Because like Pastor Stine has been teaching on Wednesday evenings, there are so many ways we can “one another” people in our body and those who come seeking. Yes, it may be uncomfortable, but God loves us no matter what we look like, or act like, and He doesn’t worry about comfort! What a difference we can make when we become more like Christ!

December 4th, 2008 at 9:58 am
Scott Kincaid
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I have to say AMEN to you Pastor and a big AMEN to you too Molly, well said.

December 4th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

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