Gentler judgments, healing truth

"One need only grow old to become gentler in one's judgments" wrote Goethe. "I see no fault committed which I could not have committed myself." The wisdom in that observation urges us not to wait to learn the lesson. It came home to me recently while sitting in church at the height of the presidential impeachment trial in the United States. The congregation was listening—to the story of David and Bathsheba (see II Sam., chaps. 11, 12).

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June 14, 1999
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