08-22-2019 Letters and Commentary

Humble beginnings There are many big names in industry that have had humble beginnings. A few popular ones would include Whirlpool, McDonald’s, and Ford. These all started small and then grew with good ideas and good management. Considering such origins should encourage us about our own “small ideas”, and should remind us to encourage humble beginnings in the minds of young people as well. Some hymns and songs also have humble beginnings. One such children’s song that most of us can probably remember hearing at some time in our lives is “Jesus Loves Me”, written by Anna Bartlett Warner in 1860. In its original form it was actually a part of a novel, “Say and Seal”, of her authorship. It was composed as a song sung to a dying child at one place in the story. The words of the popular three-verse version are: “Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong. “Jesus loves me! He who died, heaven’s gate to open wide. He will wash away my sin; Let His little child come in. “Jesus loves me! He will stay Close beside me all the way; Thou hast bled and died for me, I will henceforth live for Thee.” Those three verses profoundly explain the message of the Gospel in simple, childlike terms that can be widely understood. That song has given encouragement to many children and adults. I remember my uncle, Homer Grasberger, an attorney in Philadelphia, requesting that song to be sung at his funeral as an expression of his simple faith. As a member of Tenth Presbyterian Church he regularly had rich musical worship experience as the orchestras played from the rear balcony, but that song was one of his favorites. The humble statement, “Jesus loves me!” will always express the most profound truth in the universe.

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COMMUNITY CENTER IN WATERVLIET’S FUTURE? This Monday, August 26 at 6:05 p.m., citizens of Watervliet are invited to discuss the future of the downtown by way of a special land use permit for the building that formerly housed Bob’s Hobby Shop. The discussion will be held as part of the agenda of the Watervliet City Planning Commission meeting at City Hall. The special land use permit is requested by the Freshwater Community Church, which is currently leasing space from Coloma Schools. That lease expires in October. The church is proposing to rehabilitate the Watervliet Main Street building to use as a church for worship and a non-profit community center. This is an important meeting for all that are concerned with the future of the downtown. As more and more businesses are leaving the downtowns for elsewhere, those of us that choose to stay are encouraged by new business concepts to populate vacant buildings and to bring customers to the sidewalks. This is something that a hands-on community church can do by stimulating activity with an involved church family and by provid