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From Bro. David Russell

Are you familiar with the term “grace note”? In music, it is a musical note written in smaller print, with or without a slash through it, to indicate that its note value does not count as part of the total time value of the measure. As a figure of speech it represents a concern of secondary importance. For ex-ample, “In planning a banquet, one might consider the decision of the color of napkins to be a grace note in relation to deciding the courses to be of-fered on the menu.”

Back in 2007, I was providing 60 second drive time messages on the local ra-dio from the church I was serving. I decided to call these brief, small mes-sages Grace Notes. I collected brief devotional thoughts of around 250 words (the number of words I could record in the time allotted.) Many peo-ple seemed to enjoy and benefit from these brief thoughts.

Even after I moved from the church that sponsored the radio spots, I had be-gun the practice of posting these on the next church’s Facebook page. My intention here at Benton First is to continue this practice. I plan to begin September 1 with a daily Grace Note on the Benton First Facebook page and also on the webpage. Please, if you find any of them to be meaningful or useful, please feel free to share them and pass them on to others. Here is a sample Grace Note:
Jimmy was at his first day of school. The teacher reminded the class that to start each day they would say the Pledge of Allegiance, and instructed them to put their right hands over their hearts and recite the pledge with her. She looked around the room as she started the pledge, “I pledge allegiance to the flag….” When the teacher’s eyes fell on Jimmy, she noticed his hand over the right cheek of his behind.

“James, I will not continue till you put your hand over your heart.” Jimmy replied, “It is over my heart.” After several attempts to get Jimmy to put his hand over his heart, the teacher asked, “Why do you think that is where your heart is?”

“Because, every time my Grandma comes to visit, she picks me up, pats me there, and says, ‘Bless your little heart,’ and my Grandma wouldn’t lie.” Is your heart in the right place?

Peace,
Bro. David Russell

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