Second Lesson Sermons For Advent/Christmas/Epiphany
Not long ago I encountered the father of five boys. I asked him about his secret for parenting, "Never let them see the fear in your eyes," he said, as he reached for a picture of his fellows. Four of them appeared to be elementary school age and one a preschooler. The image showed them all decked out in war paint and two in camouflage clothing holding toy rifles. "The guns were from Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas," he said, rolling his eyes. "They're from Oregon," he added, as if that meant something. What a season!
Wilton Lewis stood with his hands on his hips, studying the sanctuary wall, not trusting himself to speak. He wanted to spit, was thwarted by the fact that he was inside, and instead swallowed hard and said, “This is vile. Disgusting and vile.” He turned to his right and added, “I apologize, Reverend Cashmore. This does not represent the good people of Port William. You know that, I hope.”
Since Albert Einstein is considered the genius above all geniuses, he is often credited quotes he never said. (If Einstein said it, it must be true.) That includes the saying that insanity is defined as doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result. Actually, it wasn't until the 1980's that he was first connected to that saying, but it doesn't matter who actually said it, because these three scriptures seem to validate the saying.
Seven years ago, our family moved from southern Virginia to northeast Wisconsin. As you might expect, spring comes later here. Fall comes earlier. And winter is a much different experience in northeast Wisconsin than it was in southern Virginia. The same temperatures that seemed bone-chilling in Virginia are good reason to leave the mufflers and mittens at home in Wisconsin. Of course, many of the retired folks in my congregation here take their cue from the geese and fly south for the winter each year.