Monday, October 22, 2012
Yesterday, for just the second time since I've been called, ordained, and installed as a pastor at two fine Lutheran congregations I took a Sunday off.
The first time I took a Sunday "off" I took a trip to Italy and Switzerland with my wife and her family and friends. I say "off" in quotation marks, because I was asked to preach to them in a country devoid of any real Lutheran presence. I happily accepted. While wonderful to preach the Gospel, it can't be refreshing to the largest extent.
So yesterday came, I was able to be just another one of the saints. I sat in the pew in suit and tie. I received the absolution that Christ normally gives through me. I sang the hymns. I was able to listen to the sermon. I received from the pastor the body and blood of Holy Communion. I was blessed yesterday to simply be part of the communion of saints in a way common to all.
To receive from Christ. That is rest. That is peace. That is comfort. That is joy. That is the True Sabbath, the regeneration of my soul, and the strengthening of my faith. It was sorely needed. Amen.
Thanks be to God for that day or two a year that I get to be just another one of those blessed saints of God.