Getting Ahead: ‘The Wish Book’


I am old enough that I remember the Sears and Roebucks catalogs that came in the mail.

Every year there was a summer and winter catalog along with a special Christmas edition. When the new one arrived, my great grandmother would put the old one in the outhouse to be used for other important matters. (Maybe they quit sending the catalogs because no one has an outhouse anymore).

There were five children in our family and Mom and Dad would allow each of us to pick out a birthday or Christmas gift from the Sears and Roebucks catalog. With my birthday being in the summer and Christmas in the winter, I would look forward most to the summer and Christmas edition. We would wear out the pages in the toy section as night after night we would study and dream of the toys that were on them.

Everything you could ever want was there; from toy trucks to BB guns. There was nowhere else we knew of that had that kind of selection. Every year there were new things that I had not seen before. It was exciting! After changing my mind time and again, I would finally let my parents know what I wanted. Once my decision was made I would look forward to the upcoming occasion knowing I would receive that gift because my Mom and Dad were true to their word.

Now that we are all grown up, wouldn’t it be great to have something like the Sears and Roebucks catalog that had everything we needed in life on the pages? What if it always had new and exciting things that would work in every situation that we encounter? Even better; what if you were assured, by someone that always kept their word, you can have what is in the book if you ask for it? Wouldn’t it be a tragedy if a book like that was available and we were keeping it in the outhouse?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 W. Court St. in Washington C.H.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist

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