Wisdom for the Ages

Wisdom for the ages
With information technology always advancing, with medicine and science always breaking new barriers  (“Operation Warp Speed” was simply an amazing feat!), we tend to think primarily in terms of the “latest and greatest” or “newest is best”. True enough.
But wisdom knows no boundaries of time.  Wisdom never fades.
I’ll simply share some ‘food for thought’ that I’ve come across this week. 

“When someone steals another’s clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes unworn in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.”     – Basil the Great, born in 330 AD, bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia

Luther says the same in the catechisms as well, particularly the Large Catechism.
-Martin Luther, born in 1483, Eisleben, Germany
Johannes Bugenhagen, Martin’s pastor in Wittendburg, started a community chest in the town of Wittenburg on this very premise.  

 –Johannes Bugenhagen, born in 1485,  Wolin, Poland
Wouldn’t it be great, to put some of the great truths in practice once again!
The ‘greatness’ of Christianity is never easy.  Neither is the ‘greatness’ of America.

The following quote has been making its way around FB attributed to Pope Francis, though originating with Israelmore Ayivor, born in 1989. It too, is good ‘food for thought’.
“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself, and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves.  Living for others is a rule of nature.  We are all born to help each other…no matter how difficult it is.  Life is good when you are happy, but much better when others are happy because of you.”  

During these times when it is easy to turn inward,  may we hold to the outward look,
embrace the Common Good, and do little things to ‘love our neighbors as ourselves”.   

Reminder:  Please, when attending worship on Sundays,  remember to “sit by the blue marks”.
They have been carefully placed to ensure ‘social distancing’.  We are doing wonderfully well at Grace, and have had no contact spread within our ranks on campus. 

Let’s keep it that way!!!     Thank you.

All the best to each and every one!
Stay safe!  Be well!  God Bless you.
Pastor Hillmer

Grace Lutheran Church at Carrollwood

“Grace is a place of Faith, Hope and Healing for ALL”

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