August 19, 2021 One of my favorite authors, Kelly Corrigan, delivered a graduation speech at the Walker School in Marietta, Georgia this past May. She opened her speech with three stories that I’m going to do my best to paraphrase. The first was of her husband, Edward, who went to a dinner, and had the initial impression that the guy he was seated next to was a bit of a dud. So much so that he texted Kelly under the table, saying “I’ll be home early tonight.” The food was served, the wine was poured, and the man across from him mentioned going on a safari. That was a nice jumping off point, so Edward turned to the dud next to him, and said, “Have you ever been to that part of the world?” And this man said to him, “Well, I spent 45 days in Madagascar as a political prisoner and I nearly starved to death. When I was rescued, I weighed 111 pounds.” As it turned out, Edward did not come home early that night. Instead he hung around, and asked more questions, and got to hear an unbelievable story from this man he had written off far too soon. A story he came so close to missing.

You can watch the reading and sermon here.

You can read the sermon text here.