I just read a story in the Church News that I can’t make out.
It comes in the profile of two British saints, David and Dianne Baxter. It seems that as young marrieds,
the investment company where he was employed collapsed, leaving them with a heavy mortgage in a depressed home market.
Elder Baxter quickly found work and began negotiating with the bank for repayment of their debt. As the banker reviewed a list of their expenses, he drew a line through their tithing figure, saying the donation hindered their ability to repay.
Elder Baxter responded with his testimony of tithing and said that without the help of the Lord, he couldn’t guarantee repayment of the loan.
The banker listened, then without hesitation restored the tithing amount to the top of the list.
If you’re like me, you can’t get over the banker. Who was he? What was his background? This sectarian-debtor person preaches at him and then, without hesitation, he gives away 10% of his potential repayment. Why? A fascinating figure, this banker. I suppose only God knows him like he ought to be known.
We are snowflakes, I think. A cold, wet, mass, falling or fallen. Only individual flakes show crystals and the occassional upward gust. Bankers cross tithing off the list, but this banker restores it.