warning: read this at your own risk

here’s a great story (as told by os guinness in his book, “the call”) that rocked my world.  when i read this, i was sitting in a coffee shop and found myself suddenly crying like a baby (i hate when that happens).  see how it lands on you.

Arthur F. Burns, the chairman of the United States and Federal Reserve System and ambassador to West Germany, was a man of considerable gravity. Medium in height, distinguished, with wavy silver hair and his signature pipe, he was economic counselor to a number of presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan. When he spoke, his opinions carried weight and Washington listened.Arthur Burns was also Jewish, so when he began attending an informational White House group for prayer and fellowship in the 1970s, he was accorded special respect. In fact, no one knew quite how to involve him in the group and, week after week when different people took turns to end the meeting in prayer, Burns was passed by-out of a mixture of respect and reticence.

One week, however, the group was led by a newcomer who did not know of Burns’ status. As the meeting ended, the newcomer turned to Arthur Burns and asked him to close the time with a prayer. Some of the old-timers glanced at each other in surprise and wondered what would happen. But without missing a beat, Burns reached out, held hands with others in the circle, and prayed this prayer: ‘Lord, I pray that you would bring Jews to know Jesus Christ. I pray that you would bring Muslims to know Jesus Christ. Finally, Lord, I pray that you would bring Christians to know Jesus Christ. Amen.’


3 thoughts on “warning: read this at your own risk

  1. Never in 59 years have I heard a truer statement. I had a fellow worker who on finding out I was AG, asked if I was like his grandmother and only believed the AG’s were going to heaven. My reply that won me an in road to the person was, shoot no, I don’t think half of them are going.

  2. Really it figures that you and I would connect. Please, Randy, continue to fiercely grapple with Truth as you have made much, much progress in removing the insincere wax…thank our Lord Jesus for this undeserved gift of wisdom and understanding.

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