05 October 2010

New Lutheran Quote of the Day

Sometimes, with drastic mercy, our Father empties our hands so there may be room for His gifts.  Blessed are those who are given to by God.  Blessed are they who receive their death as a gift from His hands.  Despite the pain and the perplexity of any way of dying, we are never outside His hands, and within His hands and from His hands our deaths are a gift by way of which He brings us to the fullness of His promises. -- Dr. Norman Nagel, Selected Sermons, p. 317.


Anonymous said...

I have really been enjoying these quotes from Dr Nagel. I like to ponder them throughout the day. I was privileged to be seated at the table with him for the Issues Etc 10 anniversary dinner a few years back. What a joy.

Mary Kruta

William Weedon said...

Mary, sadly THIS group is coming to an end. We're almost through the book. Good news? I've got a collection of the published essays of Dr. Nagel that a former fieldworker gave me waiting in the wings and ready to go!