Thursday, March 30, 2006

To Nancy...

Nancy,

Rubel Shelly is a personal friend of mine. He is a man of great intelligence, having taught courses at both Vanderbilt and Duke Universities on subjects I didn't even know existed. He is also one of the most gentle servants I've ever known.

I wish you could know him outside of the monitor in which he appeared on your show.

I think there could come a time in which you'll want to ask his forgiveness for the way in which you treated him in front of a national television audience.

What's great is that he not only will forgive you, he probably already has. When you follow Christ, how can you not forgive a fellow human being when you realize how much you've been forgiven by a holy God?

Those of us who're members of the churches of Christ now ask your forgiveness for not having made a powerful enough impact on our world that you would know us by our love, our mercy, and our service to others. On our best days, we mimic our Lord. On our worst, we fight over petty issues that really don't make much difference in people's lives.

My prayer is that you'll forgive those of us who may've responded to you in anger or bitterness for the way in which Rubel was treated. Our Lord compels us - by his words and by his actions - to return blessing to those who mistreat us.

So our final prayer is that the love of God and the peace of Christ will dwell richly in your heart today.

Grant Boone

8 comments:

Wade said...

Amen.

Christopher Heard said...

Grant, you are so much nicer than I am.

SG said...

I hope you really sent that to her...just in case she doesn't read your blog. ;)

Stephen Bailey said...

Thanks once again for taking my thoughts that so often come out like rambling gobbledygook and putting them into cohesive, beautiful sentences. I'll be quoting you to my friends (giving you no credit of course).

P Watson said...

Grant, What a wonderful blessing. I, too, hope you sent it to Nancy. She will be richly blessed.

LauraH said...

Good on ya, brother. Thanks for the gentle but perfectly on-target reminder.

Terry said...

Grant, very well said. I wish we as a brotherhood were known for our Love and Service to others. It's not to late to make that happen. I do wish Rubel could get on Larry King live or some show like that where all sides of and issue are given the courtesy to be heard. Many people I have talked to on line and otherwise think that the church of Christ may be a cult. That is something we need to change, however we do it, in my humble opinion.

Lovell's Lookout said...

Grant- YOu make me so proud. When I baptized you I had no idea how you would turn out. Now seeing how you have such a heart of grace.. from forgiving Craig for letting the air out of your dad's tires and staining Amy's couch with Copenhagen ... to forgiving Nancy...wow.

Seriously, Great letter. Great Heart. Love ya Chewy...