I once wrote a song that I titled “The Shortest Song”. It went like this:
This is the shortest song,
It won’t take long.
Hold your applause, because, compliments of Mom, I would like to present “The Shortest Sermon”.
But, before I do, a little background might help set the scene.
Mom was a Baptist preacher’s wife… one of the best there ever was. And one of her greatest achievements was making sure dad wrapped his sermon in time for his large congregation to leave the church at exactly noon in order to “Beat the Presbyterians to cafeteria”.
As a member of the choir, Mom strategically located herself in the choir loft so she would be right behind dad who was right behind his pulpit.
Five minutes or so before noon, those of us in the know would hear mom tap, tap, tap her foot on the back of the choir loft. And, even though dad was hard of hearing, the vibrations penetrated his whole being signaling, “Beat the Presbyterians, Fred … we have to beat the Presbyterians to the cafeteria.”
No matter where dad was in his sermon, he mastered creating a fast close following the tap, tap, tap signal.
Yesterday, on our drive to Circle Center Adult Day Care, Mom was pointing out all of the seasonal changes that were going on.
Mom: “Look at that … those trees are green all over. Look at those flowers … aren’t they beautiful. What do you call this?”
Me: “I call it springtime in Virginia, Mom. It’s springtime in Virginia!”
Mom: “Who made it?”
Me: “God, Mom. God made it.”
Mom: “Oh my goodness … that Man and his Boy up there are working for us all the time!”
That’s it … that last sentence of Mom’s was “The Shortest Sermon” … the shortest and sweetest.
It was so short, we still had time to pass the offering plate.
And, I could have slipped in “The Shortest Song” while parking our “Church on Wheels” smack dab in front of the cafeteria. Yep, even after all these years, we would beat those Presbyterians once again.
I don’t know about you, but this blog is making me hungry. So, let’s end it with “The Shortest Prayer”.
(tap, tap, tap) Amen!