Fleming Rutledge is a preacher and teacher known throughout the US, Canada, and parts of the UK. She is the author of eight books, all from Eerdmans Publishing. Her most recent book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, is the product of the work of a lifetime and is being described as a new classic on the subject.
One of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, she served for fourteen years on the clergy staff at Grace Church on Lower Broadway at Tenth Street, New York City.
Fleming and her husband celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2009 and have two daughters and two grandchildren. She is a native of Franklin, Virginia.
Discerning God's Work In The World: Tips From The Times For Preachers: A dove alights in Dunkin' Donuts
Thursday, March 05, 2009
A dove alights in Dunkin' DonutsThis is from the "Metropolitan Diary" of The New York Times, a rich weekly source of human material:
Published: March 1, 2009
(The contributor writes: This is a true story; it took place in Sheepshead Bay, a section of downtown Brooklyn, this winter.)
In Dunkin’ Donuts this morning,
an old lady wearing a tattered watch cap
started speaking to no one in particular.
“I can’t sleep at night.
I have pains in my chest all the time.
My leg hurts and my children do not love me.”
People waiting in line
hid in their cellphones, looked away
or stared straight ahead.
“I don’t know what to do.
I don’t know where to turn.
My husband died two years ago on the 27th.”
Everyone pretended she wasn’t there.
The girls behind the counter took the next customers.
The line inched forward.
At a side table, a beautiful young lady with matching purple scarf and hat
looked at the old woman and said, simply,
“Honey, please sit down with me,
and tell me your story.”
It’s possible, you see,
for one person to save the world.
--contributed by Mel Glenn, Brooklyn, NY
(For what it's worth, my bet is that this young woman was African-American. The description of her as a "young lady" and the endearment "Honey" reinforce my impression.Whenever I see an act of kindness in (for instance) the subway , it is very often a black person offering it. I rode the Harlem buses for years when I was a student at Union Seminary, and I still do; I enjoy the neighborly feeling. --FR)
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