Once upon a time, I was the minister of Christ Church Unity in Springfield, Missouri. I’m told that the church has completely changed since I was there. Way beyond my control, thank God. But while I was there, I did a weekly radio broadcast of my Sunday talks. These were prerecorded on cassette tapes (ancient history, I know), which I hand-delivered to KTXR’s studio each week. I was told the station reached a 100 mile radius.
Today, thanks to the internet, our message reaches the entire world. Just yesterday, a new friend, a poet and photographer from Russia, listened to and “liked” our Candle Lighting service. How cool is that?
I am forever hopeful that whoever needs to hear this message can find it. Why? Back in the KTXR days, this letter came from a listener I’ve never met. Nor have I forgotten what they wanted to tell me:
“I had no knowledge of the Unity church prior to one and one half years ago. Then one Sunday, I turned on the radio. I had reached a new low – filled with despair. I had just written a note to my family explaining why I had to take my life. As I was counting out the pills I was going to swallow, I heard Rev. Bottorff speaking (I really heard him). His voice and message was filled with so much love and hope the intense pain I was experiencing seemed to dissipate. I had not been in a church for 20 years and had totally given up on the idea of a God – until that Sunday when your service was broadcast. I can’t even tell you why I had the radio on at that time. I never had before. But I know that Rev. Bottorff saved my life and since that initial message I have missed only 2 or 3 broadcasts. There have been many times during this past year I have been sustained only by the assurance that I would hear your words again on Sunday. ‘Wait till Sunday’ has been my personal battle cry. So I thank you with much gratitude for reaching out to me – and many others, I’m sure – with love and greater hope for the future.”