Sherwood Anderson

STORY: The Strength Of God by Sherwood Anderson

February 12, 2016

The Reverend Curtis Hartman was pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Winesburg, and had been in that position ten years.  He was forty years old, and by his nature very silent and reticent.  To preach, standing in the pulpit before the people, was always a hardship for him and from Wednesday morning until Saturday evening he thought of nothing but the two sermons that must be preached on Sunday.  Early on Sunday morning he went into a little room called a study in the bell tower of the church and prayed.  In his prayers there was one note that always predominated.  “Give me strength and courage for thy work, O Lord!” he plead, kneeling on the bare floor and bowing his head in the presence of the task that lay before him. [...]