Written on 1/6/2021 -
I sat, transfixed this night of the Great Light, the Star above the City. The Spirit in a tiny child to light the whole world, and watched our country’s capitol being overwhelmed by thousands come from everywhere to protect the electoral college process.
Great legacies are often left from silent service given, faithfully, and patiently over long years, even years of rejection. Life and even service, can be a great mix, even unfair.
A church friend, long gone to retirement in Maine, wrote a poignant piece that was recently sent to us. Under the title, “An Enduring Legacy,” my friend wrote:
“I’m about 82 years old now...don’t know how 82-year-olds are supposed to behave...thinking about all
kinds of possible answers to difficult questions lately...wondering about where I came from, what I may or may
not have accomplished...about what’s most important in these unprecedented times...
“There’s very little that seems right to me these days. I’m worried about my granddaughter’s future.”
We all wonder. But in the end it comes down to ourselves, and to our own commitment, and to the spirit with which we choose to live our lives. If we expect rewards from our work – honors, and approbation, and cheers, we are mistaken.
The greatest man who ever lived, was, in the end and along the way “despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” And in the end, after being betrayed and condemned to death on a cross, dying for the sins of the world, it is remembered that “He never said a mumblin’ word...not a word...not a mumblin’ word.”
He is the One we are sworn to follow. To expect no more than He got. To simply be glad we could do what we could do – knowing that the power came from Him and not ourselves.
Bless you tonight.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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