May 24, 2015
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Romans 8:22-27
Acts 2:1-11
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

The Gift

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Keith Hewitt
"The Gift" by Keith Hewitt

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The Gift
by Keith Hewitt
Psalm 104

“If you don’t mind me saying so, you’ve been looking troubled for the last few weeks,” a voice said behind him, as John Randall-Todd pondered the view on the monitor at the front of the wardroom.

Without looking, he replied, “If you don’t mind me saying so, you’re trying to justify to NASA the cost of sending a psychologist on a deep space mission, when there were physicists, astronomers, geologists, climatologists, and engineers lined up twelve-deep for every slot on this ship.”  He did look, then, and smiled to take the edge off his answer.

“It wasn’t a hard sell,” Doctor Polk answered almost at once.  “With a crew spending years cooped up in close quarters--and these are close quarters, no matter what the old astronauts say--there were bound to be problems.  Some that self-identified, and some that only a professional would spot.  Somebody had to come along to keep everyone sane.”  Polk paused, sipped from a bulb of green tea, and shrugged.  “Or sane-ish, anyway.”

“And that just happened to be you?”

Another shrug.  “There weren’t many psychologists anxious to commit half a decade of their lives to riding in this flying tin can.  Most of us are too well-adjusted to want to do something like that.  I happened to be OK with it, and I was in reasonably good health.”

“If the rest are too well-adjusted, what does that say about you, then, Doctor Polk?”... >>Click here for the full installment.

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