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At my ordination service, my friend Pastor Don Bradley gave the ordination sermon. In it, he urged me to “Remember Dorothy.” It’s all right, I didn’t know what he was talking about either.

He told us a story about a woman who was in nursing school. One day the Prof. came in and said those 7 words students hate to hear, “We’re going to have a pop quiz!”

She made it through the quiz, until she got to the last question. It read, “What is the name of the woman who cleans the school?” She thought she read it wrong! She had seen an older lady who cleaned, but how was she supposed to know her name?

After the quiz, one student asked, “Is that last question going to count?”

“Yes, it’s going to count. You’re going to meet a lot of people when you get out in this field. You may be tempted to treat them as diseases instead of as people. But each one is important and each one has a name. And by the way, her name is Dorothy.”

There are a lot of Dorothys out there. If we are going to fulfill God’s purposes for us and for them, we’ll need to love them. Which requires at least a little bit of knowledge.

The more we know them, the more we can love them. (The more they can drive us crazy, too, but that’s another issue!)

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