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Chicago – Carl Sandburg – Honoring who we are as we begin again.

Hog Butcher for the World,

 Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,

   Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
   Stormy, husky, brawling,
   City of the Big Shoulders:
They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.
And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;
Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
   Building, breaking, rebuilding,
Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse, and under his ribs the heart of the people,
Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

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Thankful Thursday – Dr. Martin Marty

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the blessings that The Rev. Dr. Martin Marty brings to my life. I first met and heard Dr. Marty at the Chautauqua Institution in New York State.  I had the opportunity to invite him to speak at the Hamrick Lectureship at First Baptist Church of Charleston. Dr. Marty could not have been more gracious to Carol and me. When he did come to speak that graciousness was apparent in so many ways. He prepared an outline of one of his lectures for the children he met at the bed and breakfast where he was staying. As he went through his lecture, he would draw the children’s attention to a special point on their outlines. All the adults present wanted a copy of the outline. I watched him switch from being one of the most renowned theologians in the world to a parish priest as he counseled one of our group who had recently experienced great loss. Dr. Martin, a Lutheran, had a better grasp of Baptists history than anyone present in his audience. His lectures were brilliant. The question and answer sessions flowed. He is a scholar who knows how to talk with anyone. Dr. Marty continues to write and lecture. He is a trustworthy voice in the rough and tumble world of modern religious thought.  Dr. Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful that The Rev. Dr. Martin Marty is a part of my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set apart to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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