- ("There was a lot of fuss a few years ago about a film called The Last Temptation of Christ. I never quite understood why, as it was asking a question and making a point that was very powerful. It asked what would have happened if Jesus had chosen to reject his calling, to opt for safety instead of the cross...")
- Steve Souther tells an interesting story of what happened when he took his stepmother to a medical clinic in Charleston, South Carolina for a cancer treatment. While his stepmother was having her procedure done, Steve was in the waiting room, trying to entertain his 7-month old niece. At one point, the baby became fascinated with a beautiful butterfly ring on the finger of the lady seated next to them. The little girl grabbed onto the ring, which caused Steve and that ring owner to start talking. She had recently been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing treatments of her own. She had happened to wear the butterfly ring to one of her appointments and the doctor noticed it. He said that it reminded him of something that had happened the month before. He liked to decompress from the stress of practicing medicine by going fishing. On this particular trip, he brought up a net full of shrimp. Then, while he was examining his catch, he saw something unusual — a butterfly was in the net with the shrimp. The doctor assumed that the butterfly became caught in the net when it was being lowered into the water and somehow survived the ordeal. As the doctor watched, the butterfly’s wings began to dry, then it took off on a slight breeze and flew away. After saying that, the doctor looked into the woman’s eyes and said, “You are that butterfly.” Steve adds that the woman felt the story was a gift from her doctor — a sign of hope that she clung to during the hard parts of her treatment. ..