A Regular Roach Letter?

Wednesday, July 23, 1997

Mark 4:30-32 – He also said: "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs."

A man discovered a roach in his food while he was travelling on a dinner flight. He was so angry that he wrote a letter of protest to the president of the company. The president wrote back and said,

    We've had the airplane fumigated. We stripped out all the seats and the upholstery. We took disciplinary action against the stewardess who served you. We are considering terminating her employment. It is highly probably that this aircraft will not be returned to service. I assure you that this will never happen again and we trust you will continue to fly with us.

The protester was impressed by the letter until he noticed the president's hand written memo to the secretary, which was stuck to the back of the letter. It read, "Reply with a regular roach letter."

I just received the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's response to my impassioned letter regarding cancelling the television program, Meeting Place, Canadians at Worship. I was feeling pretty good about the fact that the letter promised my concern had been noted, that it would go into their Audience Reaction Report and would be read by many of the Big Brass, including Perrin Beatty.

Well, you and I know what I really received was a 'regular roach letter', but does that mean I should stop writing about my concerns regarding programming, about gambling, about violence in the family, about landmines, about …? No, I will keep writing, because as a Christian I believe even the smallest effort can make a difference, something like the kingdom growing out of insignificant seed.

Prayer: Lord, help me make a difference in any and every way possible. Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is any cause that needs the love of Christ, help me to be present in his name. Amen.

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