A Worser Day

Alex is four years old. A routine physical exam showed a kidney stone. Further testing showed that he would have to have kidney surgery. A few days before the surgery, he came dragging into the house. Standing before his father, head bowed, Alex said “Dad, this is a worser day!”

Holding back his laughter, his dad said, “Why is that, Alex?”

“Well,” Alex replied, “I have a kidney stone, I gotta go to the hospital, and now I just stubbed my toe!”

Let’s see, how does it go? . . . if the progression of things is good, better, best, then the opposite would be bad, worse, and “worser”? CONSIDER how when your day is bad, that’s bad; when it gets worse, that’s terrible; but when it gets “worser,” well, it can’t get any “worser” than that!

I’m sure we know what Alex means when he says his day is “worser.” There we are, going along, thinking, “Gee, things can’t get any worse than this. Things have to get better, possibly move into that best category.” And then it happens, we stub our toe! Normally that would go unnoticed, but when things are the worse; that’s all it takes to make a “worser” day.

Riding today in my car, thinking about little Alex, I heard a song come over my car radio. The words spoke about times when we are feeling low, feeling blue, when we are having our “worser” days. The words of the song went something like this: “What is needed to heal the tears of a broken heart is time, love, and a little tenderness.”

Yes, indeed, that’s the kind of time, love and tenderness which can transform a “worser” day into the best day possible. Go ahead; give a little time, love, and tenderness to someone today. It’s the best thing you can do for someone having a “worser” day.

P.S. Alex had his surgery and is doing fine.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

Rev. Wendell Mettey
Revised 3/18/2013

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