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Monday Minute 5-9-16

Have you stretched this morning?

For over a century, doctors have been championing the positive effects of a good stretch first thing in the morning to wake up tired muscles and get the blood flowing again. R. Lee Sharpe, a 20th century poet, saw another benefit and told this story…

“One spring day when I was just a kid, my father called me to go with him to the local blacksmith shop. He had left a rake and a hoe to be repaired, and there they were, fixed like new, and ready for work. My father handed over a silver dollar for the repairing. But the blacksmith refused to take it.

    ‘No,’ he said, ‘there’s no charge for that little job.’

But my father insisted that he take payment.

    ‘Sid,’ he said to my father, ‘can’t you let an old man do something now and then… just to stretch his soul?’”

It’s an old familiar law. The giver receives more than the receiver gets. Bread cast upon the waters comes back a thousand-fold. One who stretches his soul into deeds of love and kindness, unfailingly reaps a just reward.

Have you stretched your soul lately?

This Monday Minute is from Deacon Andy Neu, currently listening to It’s Not Over Yet by King and Country. Listen in at



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