Living and Growing: Let's all say the word

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Nony Mous has written many exceptional items over the years. This one, it seems to me, is so good it's crying out to be used right now. (I confess I should like very much to be able to say I wrote it!)

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"Tell me the weight of a snowflake," a small mouse asked a wild dove.

"Nothing more than nothing," was the answer.

"In that case I must tell you a marvelous story," the small mouse said. "I sat on a fir branch, close to the trunk when it began to snow, not heavily, not in a raging blizzard, no, just like a dream, without any violence. Since I didn't have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,471,951. When the next snowflake dropped onto the branch - nothing more than nothing, as you say, the branch broke off."

Having said that, the small mouse ran away. The dove, since Noah's time an authority on the matter, thought about the story for awhile and finally said to herself, "Perhaps there is only one person's voice lacking for peace to come in the world."

What a story. Could it be either your voice or mine? Let's find out. All together, now, let's say the word.

• Bea Shepard is a lay speaker in the Douglas Community United Methodist Church.



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