Yesterday morning, I received a GRACEWORD from my friend Joe Elmore. It brought a smile to my face and I pass this on with confidence that it will do that for you, too:

Grace friends,

Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally, returns from Sunday School to share what she learned: “Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.”

With the pencil in her right hand, the dialogue goes: LH: “What are you doing?”— RH: “I’ll do the writing, you just hold the paper down.  LH: “I want to know what’s going on.”  RH: “Left hands don’t have to know anything, just hold the paper.” LH: “If it weren’t for me you wouldn’t be able to write at all.  Tell me what’s going on.”  Sally goes to the den where Charlie Brown is watching TV.  He asks, “I thought you were doing your homework.” Sally says, “I had to quit.  My hands hate each other.”

Sally fell prey to literalism, rather than hearing what was a metaphor teaching her not to make a show of her good deeds. 

When it comes to scripture, and life, literalism and legalism miss the heart of the message.

Bottom line: if the message doesn’t call us to love one another, we don’t get the message.


To receive Joe’s occasional GRACEWORD messages, contact him at joesgraceword@googlegroups.com.

From “How ‘Peanuts’ Created a Space for Thinking,” by Nicole Rudick, The New Yorker, August 6, 2019

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