“I need not shout my faith. Thrice eloquent
Are quiet trees and the green listening sod;
Hushed are the stars, whose power is never spent;
The hills are mute: yet how they speak of God!”
Our future comes out of our past.
I wish every one of you here could have known my grandmother. In those years she had one story she told over and over and over again. She said, “When the first store was opened, I went in and I was sweeping out,” and she said, “I found a little Bible, a little New Testament. I decided this is a good omen. I knelt down and on my knees, I committed that business to God.”
And of course I wish you could have known mother. She came from strong Methodist roots, and she was creating so much good the governor put her on the state hospital board. She was the first woman ever to be put on a state board in Texas. And I want to tell you she changed the state hospital system.
And my dad. My dad built the H. E. Butt Grocery Company out of his own character, out of his own Christian character. He spent his life serving God and his family and his customers and his employees.