13 August 2010
New Lutheran Quote of the Day
So God makes mockery of our death with all the abounding gifts of beauty and strength that He showers on us. Our life is in His hand. The whole of our life is in God's hand, even to old age. The lessening of strength in old age is to us, therefore, not just the pathetic relic of a vigorous youth that we miserably covet. The flower, indeed, is gone, the plant shrivels, but soon the seed will fall into the ground. From the seed comes resurrection, a new life untouched by sin, entirely free of every anxiety, for it is a life entirely to God. We are one with the lilies not only in that we must die but also that we are the creatures of God, fellow creatures with Christ. Our Lord takes our brother creature, the lily, and bids us learn how to grow, to live, and to die. Therefore, consider God's lilies. Amen. -- Dr. Norman Nagel, Selected Sermons, pp. 216, 217.
Posted by William Weedon at 8:50 AM