- In the best-selling book Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom tells about visiting his old Brandeis University teacher, Morrie Schwartz, who was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mitch would fly in every Tuesday from Detroit (where he is a sports writer for the Free Press) to take his final class from Morrie, who, by that time, was thin, wizened, and unable to even feed himself.
One day as Mitch was leaving, Morrie said, “Can I tell you the thing I’m learning most with this disease? The most important thing in life is to learn how to give love and to let it come in.” So, in answer to the question, “How do we hear the sound of God in silence?” we listen for the heartbeat of love.
- ("I remember a cartoon I saw once, showing a character bemoaning the problems of the world – poverty, war, disease, pollution and on and on – and asking rhetorically, 'But what can one person do?' The next frame showed a chorus of voices from a million points around the globe all asking the same question: 'What can one person do?'...")
- ("Many years ago, I read a suggestion in Word and Witness to use the Graham Greene short story, The Second Death, as the sermon for the text from the gospel. The writer of this suggestion said that one approach would be to read the short story aloud. The preacher could then pause at the conclusion of the story, close the book, and then say, 'Friends, Jesus came to give new life...")
- ("Both of my parents died last August. It fell to my husband, my brother and me to clear out their cottage. I came across a large photo of my father, who was a pastor for 60 years of his life. It was a candid shot, taken first thing in the morning on a parish retreat. He is sitting up in bed in his pajamas, against his pillows and half-covered by blankets...")