When noted actor Peter O'Toole died, my brother Phil sent me a link to a video of O'Toole being interviewed by David Letterman.

The clip was another proof that you can gain spiritual insights from people or events that are not all that spiritual. In addition to being a brilliant actor in films or on stage, O'Toole had a reputation as a raconteur of his life's experiences. Many of those experiences involved good times and some serious drinking.

He told a story of the time he and actor Peter Finch bought a small bar outside of Dublin when the tavern keeper refused to serve them any more alcohol. The man did not cash their checks, and both actors counted him as a friend.

When the pub owner died, O'Toole and Finch returned to Ireland for the funeral. They were kneeling at the graveside with other mourners when a woman tapped O'Toole on the shoulder and told him that he was at the wrong grave.

This prompted Letterman to ask the actor if he had selected his own epitaph.

O'Toole said he had chosen the inscription for his gravestone many years before. His wife had sent his leather jacket to be cleaned.

When it was returned, there was a note pinned to it. "Sycamore Cleaners: It distresses us to return work which is not perfect," he said. "So I'm having that on my tombstone," O'Toole added.

Of course, when we come to the end of our earthly life none of us is perfect. Yet, God loves us so much He is willing to take us back despite our imperfections.

Phil sees the "cleaners" as all the people who have been given the Holy Spirit to help us on our spiritual journey, yet have come up short. Another view is that we have all lived imperfect lives despite all of God's graces.

God's perfect love, when combined with our love for Him and others, is enough to provide us with a perfect eternity with Him and those we love.


Nobody's perfect, yet

God loves us anyway.