Thursday, December 22, 2011


Long ago there were two brothers who had been close all their lives. They roomed together as boys and even later in college. After college they entered a business partnership together. They were a model of mutuality for the community.

One day a $1 deposit went missing. A seed of suspicion was planted between the brothers. It grew into accusations and finally the brothers dissolved the partnership and closed their stores. For the next twenty years the brothers became a model of incivility for the community.

One day a stranger came to town. He called the two brothers together and told them how twenty years earlier he had been destitute and passing through town. He confessed that he had stolen a dollar bill from on top of the cash register to buy food for himself.

He offered to make restitution. As he told the story, the two brothers wept. Suspicion kills relationships.

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