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The spot for the good news, the good word, the quick reports of the many, many wonderful news items I hear all the time and want to share with the rest of you. Expect to find the good news when you come to check out "what’s the good word?"

Monday, March 22, 2010


I remember once doing a church school opening wherein I handed out pieces of paper and asked everyone to draw a "ball." Then we proceeded to enjoy just how many possible correct responses there were. In addition to the various and predictable sports balls, some of our creative people pictured a few fun ways to have a ball!

I'm thinking today the same thing would work with "box."
Take a second and consider how many images fit the notion of "box."

It could be a plain cardboard box; but even there, imagine that great stack of boxes piled at the end of the grocery store, or the collection you gather if you're needing to move houses, or the cool refrigerator box you might have played in once. Maybe your image is a big cheerily wrapped package with a nice big bow, or a tiny blue box containing a really important treasure as in good things come in small packages. Or the box from the Oliver song Who will buy this beautiful morning...and put it in a box for me. We surely have a stack of those boxes recently.

There's the "box" that implies fisticuffs and of course the big box store. And the metaphorical box into which we must not put God.

My thoughts of boxes arises from a wonderful experience I had Thursday shopping for books at a huge discount warehouse. A couple of times a year a place I know offers at amazing prices all the books you can carry. If one is willing to join the hoards, collect your box from the stack of hundreds made ready for the event and sift through thousands of remaindered books there are treasures to be found. Watch for some of my treasured findings as you visit the book table at reunions and other events to come.

And then, for good measure, think again just how many right answers there can be. Then imagine what we can accomplish if we combine all our amazing images.

Posted by Marion

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