HALLMARK THEOLOGY: The Death of Someone Else

[When I was in college seminary, we students sometimes made snide comments about “Hallmark Theology,” which was something easy to understand, syruppy sweet, memorable, and small enough to fit on a greeting card. Now that I am older, wiser, and a lot less cynical, I actually enjoy some hallmark theology. Of course, as with choosing greeting cards, time and care are needed in the selection process.

This is yet another nice thought by Anonymous who is sometimes referred to by his first and middle names — Author Unknown. Since we don’t know who wrote it, the message gets all our focus. And, as always, what means nothing to one might speak volumes to another.]

Our church was saddened to learn this week
of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else.

“Someone’s” passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill.

Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, 
“Someone” did far more than a normal person’s share of the work. 
Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach,
or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone’s list,
“Let ‘Someone Else’ do it.”

Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person 
was looked to for inspiration as well as results; 
“Someone Else can work with that group.” 
It was common knowledge that Someone Else 
was among the most liberal givers in our church. 
Whenever there was a financial need, 
everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference.

Someone Else was a wonderful person; sometimes appearing superhuman. 
Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else. 
Now Someone Else is gone!

We wonder what we are going to do. 
Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, 
but who is going to follow it?

Who is going to do the things Someone Else did?

When you are asked to help this year, remember — 
we can’t depend on Someone Else anymore.

[PHOTO by redbewitch on Photobucket]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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