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Lent is a time to sharpen your faith

                                                        February 24, 2021

Dear Friends,

I love my new kitchen knives. It's funny because we were
talking about knives at a Rotary Club meeting just before
Christmas. That's when I mentioned that mine were really
dull. Someone suggested talking to Rotarians Bob and
Suzanne Lane. They own the Gray Goose Cookery on
Watch Hill Road in Westerly. They sell knives at their
store.

Bob was at the meeting. So I asked him about sharpening
my knives. He told me to bring them in. That was when I
told him that I had the 22 piece Farberware set. Someone
laughed when they overheard me. They were laughing
because the Lanes offer quality kitchen merchandise at
their store, the kind that lasts. None-the-less, Bob told me
to come see him.

I never got there. Why? On Christmas morning I
unwrapped three brand new Wusthof kitchen knives and
a pair of scissors to boot. Unbeknownst to me, Lori, had
visited the shop and purchased two knives from Bob and
Suzanne. My wife was so impressed with them that after
her initial purchase, she went back and bought the other
two.

I'd never heard of Wusthof knives before that day. I found
out that it's a family owned German company that goes
back seven generations. It began in the midst of the
Napoleanic wars with the vision of its founder, Johann
Abraham Wusthof, working out of his cellar. Over the
next fifty years the company grew in size and reputation.

Today the name of Wusthof is known worldwide. It's
associated with the highest quality craftsmanship. The
world's greatest chefs use the knives in their profession
and have endorsed them. As a matter of fact, Chefs Manzi,
Schmidt, Scharmberg and Steinbach helped design the
perfect knives for every type of use in the kitchen and at
the table.

I never knew what I was missing until I got these new
knives. I thought one knife was as good as another. But
now I know better. These are by far the best kitchen
implements that I have ever owned. I don't think I will
ever go back to what I was using before. It just doesn't
make sense. I am so much better off now.

It is the same way with our faith. We can go through life
without ever being part of a church community. We can
live day to day without giving God a thought. My family
never went to church when I was growing up. Sunday
was just another day. Then my family fell apart. My mom
left. Everything changed. It was then that I learned what
I was missing in my life.

I found it in the church. Once you've experienced the
love of God, you will never want to be without it. It is a
gift that helps you see the future from a new perspective.
It cuts through the darkness of despair and it sharpens
your focus on life. In this Holy season of Lent, why not
return to church. Join us, in person or online, and let
your faith be renewed. You will be blessed and your faith
sharpened!

God bless! See you in church.
Cal
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