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February 1, 2021

“Is anything too wonderful for the Lord?” Genesis 18:14

This morning’s Old Testament verse from the Daily Texts has me thinking of yesterday. Yesterday was a wonderful day. I confess that when I woke yesterday, I had a strong urge to stay in my pajamas and stare out at the snow as it fell beautifully upon the earth. God had other things in mind, however. Like worship! After a brief delay in our alley, I was off and running. While, the delay wasn’t that brief. It took more than 30 minutes to get the car unstuck (thanks, neighbor Noah!) and then I was off and running.

Worship was wonderful, centered in Jesus’ authoritative teaching and his decisive victory over evil. Thine the amen, indeed! And yes, I was for lost words during the final stanza of “Thine the Amen.” After worship, I taught our confirmation class about Holy Communion and its roots in the Passover meal. Then I Zoomed with the 8th graders from Oak Park Temple to talk about Christianity in general and Lutheranism in particular, and how I thought my faith related to their Jewish faith. They had lots of great questions, focused especially on my understanding of the relationship between science and religion, my thoughts about God and the LGBTQ+ community, and how I’ve worked with interfaith families.

I came home for lunch and arrived just in time to help a neighbor push their care out of the alley. Snow fun was had by all! Seriously, it just kept snowing. Then it was back to Grace for Bach Cantata Vespers, offered in memory of Carl Schalk. The cantata for the day was BWV 82, Ich habe genug. The cantata was beautiful, the preaching was excellent, and the entire service clearly proclaimed that God has done more than enough for us.

It was the prefect cantata for a day that was just the right amount of full. Full of wonder and family, full of worship and praise. Full of snow, for that matter. Most of all, full of Christ, who fills all in all.

Today, we gather to commend Carl Schalk into the unfailing care of our God. No more dying, only light. Rest well, Carl. Thank you for helping us to sing the church’s song. Today, that’s enough.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of grace and glory, the works of your hands are more than enough. Beyond simply meeting our needs, you also give us the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our hearts our full. Comfort us in our sorrow and restore our joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Snow tunnel with Anders, 1/31/21.

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