Many years ago, the following notice
appeared in the Sunday program of the
Scotch Presbyterian Church, Scotland...
"Will those of you who have been putting
buttons in the collection basket, kindly put
in your own buttons, and not those from the
While it is true that much honest criticism
could be aimed at our religious institutions,
much criticism could also be avoided, if perhaps,
we who occupy the pews were to pray
more positively, praise more expectantly, give thanks,
more abundantly, and glorify God for all the blessings,
yet to come, and for those blessings which our churches
Then, perhaps we could soon see the day when
we might burst our spiritual buttons with holy
love and sacrificial service.
Ah, button button, who's got the button?
Why, we have, of course.
(First published on November 15, 2012.
Revisions made on November 15, 2020)