Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, July 2013

posted Jul 3, 2013, 10:00 PM by Barbe Henrichs   [ updated Jul 3, 2013, 10:01 PM by Lois Kerchner ]

I recently attended the 50th reunion of my college graduation and over the course of two days conversed with a number of folks, some whom I had actually not seen in the past fifty years. One of those in this latter category, whom I sort of recognized, came over to me and we began to talk. One of the first things he mentioned was that he wanted to apologize for not treating me better those many years ago. I have no idea where that came from, for I have no recollection of his ever being unkind in any fashion. Nonetheless, this was something apparently he felt a need to say. I sort of brushed it off, and our conversation continued.


Just like this person who came up to apologize, l am thinking that, for many or all of us, there are some things from our past that we maybe could or should do something about, such as thanks to be given or apologies to me made.


One person in reflecting upon the great number of un-thanked people in his past decided he would contact some of those who had inspired, nurtured or cared enough about him to make a lasting impression.


One was a former school teacher whom he’d not heard of for many years. In his remembering how this teacher had gone out of the way for him, he decided he would write a letter of thanks to her these many years later.


He was surprised when he received a reply to his letter, written in the feeble handwriting of an aged person, which began, “My dear Willie,” and then continued:


I cannot tell you how much your note meant to me. I am in my eighties, living alone in a small room, cooking my own meals, lonely and, like the last leaf of autumn, lingering behind. You will be interested to know that I taught school for 50 years and yours is the first note of appreciation I ever received, it came on a blue-cold morning and it cheered me as nothing has in many years.


All of us probably have some un-thanked folks from our past. Think about it. The coach we’ll never forget, teachers who went out of their way for us, a music instructor, Scout leader, camp counselor, or VBS or Sunday School helper who cared and helped us to believe in ourselves.


There are various people who shaped us and whose influence changed us over the years. Who are some of the un-thanked people from your past? It may not be too late to take some time to say, “Thanks.”


Pastor George Weaver