“They Grind Exceeding Small” (story from my file)

As I prepared my devotional lesson for this week the subject was money, taken from seven verse in Proverbs chapter 28.  They are v erses 6, 9, 11, 19, 23, 24, and 27.

Our attitude toward the poor is an element in these verses.  We cannot and should not hide our faces from the poor.  We must help even if we think that the poverty is somewhat self-inflicted.  Jesus told us we would have the poor with us always.  The Johnson Administration waged a “war on poverty” that has not been successful.  The government cannot do what God’s people in God’s body, the church, should be doing.  The Church takes care of its own.  At least it should.

The story illustration accompanying my devotional this week reaches WAY back to my eighth grade year, 1956, when I had my first taste of performance speech delivery.  Since the declamation is still under copyright, I can’t put it on this blog except by link.  Here it is:


I hope that the story challenges you and that indeed you may be able to use it in presentation in the future.

It is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who penned the words in a poem entitled, “Rebribution” that may well have inspired the story by Ben Ames Williams.

Though the mills of God grind slowly;
Yet they grind exceeding small;
Though with patience He stands waiting,
With exactness grinds He all.



1 Comment

  1. Long time since I read that one, Karyl. Thanks for the memory 🙂

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