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Grace Note for November 21, 2015

We try to make God like us and thus limit him. We smother him in tradition. We think: God can be present only in the church service. The Word of God can be found only in the King James Version of the Bible. Church music can be played only on an organ. When traditions become dogma they lose their power and their meaning.

A young girl watching her mother getting ready to bake a ham noticed that she cut off both ends. “Why do you cut off both ends of the ham,” she asked. “Well, I don't know. My mother always did it. Let's ask her.” But the grandmother said she didn't know either. She did it because her mother always did it. So they found the great grandmother, and asked her why she cut off both ends of the ham. “Because the pan was too small,” she said. Most traditions made sense at one time, but times change, and situations change. Making a place for God in our lives means allowing God to be God, it is in not our foolish efforts to bind God with our traditional ideas.

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