An older couple walked into the office of the President of Harvard University. They were not well dressed and their appearance was haggard. The President’s secretary greeted them. The man said, “We would like to see the President.” The secretary explained he was very busy and not available and offered to help. “We’ll wait,” he replied. They waited all day. Finally, late in the afternoon the secretary went to the President and begged him to see the couple, “to get them out of our hair.” He walked out of his office and asked what they wanted. They said, “Our son came to Harvard and loved it. He was killed in a terrible accident. We would like to build a memorial, a building, in his honor.” The President looked at them and shook his head and said, “You don’t know what you are getting into. We have over 7.5 million dollars of physical plant here at Harvard! I’m sorry, but I don’t think you can help.” The couple walked out of the building. The husband looked at his wife and said, “Is that all it takes to start a University? Let’s start one of our own.” He headed back to Palo Alto, California and established a university in honor of the son Harvard never cared about--Leland Stanford University. This story teaches a simple rule in life- there always is more than meets the eye!
The Bible says this about itself in Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (New King James Version)
I always looked forward to family holidays as a child. Our holidays included our large extended family of four generations. My great-grandmother, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, friends and neighbors were a part of these holidays. Our traditions of gathering together continue although the locations and participants have changed throughout the years. I consider these gatherings as one of life’s many blessings and we value these traditions deeply.