Monday, April 16, 2012
The Last Time
After the study it was up the stairs to the Divine Service. I must confess, throughout the service, I kept returning to the thought, "That's the last time..."
That's the last time I'll hear him say "Please stand" after the ringing of the bell;
That's the last time I'll hear him say "...and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins...";
That's the last time I'll hear his homily as my pastor;
That's the last time he will bring the Sacrament to me as my pastor;
And finally this: "The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace."
The last time? No. Thanks be to God there will never be a last time. Nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. We are saved together.