Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Potato Salad and Ultimate Things
Tony Campolo tells about a church that one day every year celebrates student recognition day. One year, after several students had spoken quite eloquently, the pastor started his sermon in a striking way: "Young people, you may not think you're going to die, but you are. One of these days, they'll take you to the cemetery, drop you in a hole, throw some dirt on your face and go back to the church and eat potato salad." We may not like to acknowledge it, but someday, every one of us will have to face the "potato salad promise", that we will all die. "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust....."
I heard this story about a dozen years ago in an Ash Wednesday sermon. Without veering into the unbloggable, In would just like to say that yesterday I had an experience that hammered home this very truth.
Sometimes perspective is a blessing.