Just thinking is a compilation of short articles written over many years for Peace Offerings, the monthly parish newsletter.
The title "Just Thinking" was born out of the commonly held notion that when you retire there's more time to do stuff that you couldn't do before. For me, that was "thinking".
Anyway, I was encouraged by a couple of people (or was it one?) to gather the thoughts together in the hope that they might serve the best interests of the reader, the purpose of God for us, and, maybe, generate additional thinking.
A special "Thank You" to Fern Stacy, who typed and retyped and put the whole thing together; the same to Jackie Alfson, who never hesitated after copy-reading to say to me, "That Doesn't Make Any Sense"; and finally to my wife, Katherine who although unaware, was often the "thought provoker".
And finally, "Sola Dei Gloria!!" (That's Latin, I think)… "To God Alone Be the Glory!!".
E.G. Smith, Pastor Emeritus
Peace Lutheran Church
Columbus, NE 68601
Just a few random thoughts:
Have you noticed that "common decency" is really not as common as it used to be??
Disagreement does not equate with hatred… and love does not equate with agreement.
As the woman said, "When I don't want what is growing within me, its called a "thing" or "fetal material"… When I do want it, it's called a "baby" or a "child". It would seem that MY "WANTING" has the power to change a "thing" into a HUMAN BEING. WOW!!!!
FORGIVENESS is sometimes treated like "cheap goods", "bargain basement merchandise", "dime a dozen stuff'. NOT SO!!! FORGIVENESS IS EXPENSIVE. CHRIST DIED FOR IT!! Remember the woman caught in the act of adultery? Jesus told her, "I'm not condemning you but CUT IT OUT! DON'T DO IT AGAIN!!" (My own paraphrase.) Jesus came to SAVE US FROM OUR SIN: not to CONFIRM US IN OUR SIN… To be forgiven is to receive the power for change.