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Pancakes and Hot Chocolate

by Bruce Blumer

When I was a kid I had a Sunday paper route which, for the most part, I really enjoyed. I liked walking around in the quiet morning before most people were awake.  But one of my fondest memories was on really cold, snowy days dad would pick up my brother and me and we’d go out for breakfast at a local café.  I’d always start with hot chocolate and then follow with a stack of pancakes.

Sunday morning was not a particularly great time for dad to go out for breakfast.  He was a United Methodist pastor.  It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t convenient, but he’d take the time for an early breakfast – and it was a special time with dad.  I doubt it’s the only reason, but I still like cold, snowy days and I certainly like pancakes and hot chocolate.

We are in the holiday stretch and soon Christmas will be upon us, so I have been thinking about gifts. One of the greatest gifts we can take is interest in someone else’s life.

We all get too busy trying to balance and organize the time in our lives. It seems as the days get shorter in available time.  It isn’t always easy and it isn’t always convenient – but that’s what makes the gift of spending time and focusing outward more valuable.

If we think back or ask our children what they remember or have enjoyed the most, I doubt that many items on that list will be presents or things. They will likely be relationships or special moments with family or “gifts” of time.

If you are reading this newsletter, you likely have an interest in higher education. You also likely know the impact scholarships have on developing future leaders.

How about taking a gift of time and demonstrating your interest in supporting students? Take an interest and a small bit of time to make an online gift at or mail a check to Ministry of Scholarships, 1 Music Circle N, Nashville TN  37203